[Sca-cooks] OP Ash Fork Plague was Re: wild rabbit
phlip at 99main.com
Sun Sep 9 11:31:52 PDT 2012
Actually, Plague is endemic in the Western US:
There are an average of 7 cases per year, every year. Fortunately,
it's usually the survivable type.
On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM, Terry Decker <t.d.decker at att.net> wrote:
> Plague was originally found in prairie dogs in a pairie dog town near
> Lubbock, TX in 1946 (IIRC). The prairie dog fleas aren't particularly fond
> of humans, but when their is a big die off in a prairie dog town one of the
> things that gets checked for is plague. If it is found, the CDC starts
> monitoring the area because of the possibility of transference to mice and
> rats and then into humans.
> I have nothing on an incident in 1977, but in 1976 plague was found in a
> prairie dog town a couple miles south of the town and was handled by the AZ
> Dept. of Health Services. According to the ADHS statistics, there are no
> reported cases of plague in the 1970's that match the stated incident of 2
> HS students catching the plague;
> http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oids/vector/plague/stats.htm . From the plague
> information page at ADHS:
> "How does a person get plague?
> A person can get plague after being bitten by infected fleas. People can get
> fleas from:
> .Petting dogs or cats that may carry rodent fleas;
> . Handling wild rodents or rabbits;
> . Venturing too close to rodent burrows or nests, especially prairie dog and
> ground squirrel burrows.
> A person can get plague by coming in direct contact with blood or tissues of
> infected rodents, rabbits or carnivores, such as during the skinning of
> game. The bacteria can enter through an open cut or scrape in the skin, or
> through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth.
> Most human plague infections initially involve the lymph nodes (this is the
> bubonic form). Patients with this kind of plague do not represent a risk of
> transmission to other people. In some people, the plague bacteria can move
> into the lungs (pneumonic plague). A cough or sneeze from a person with this
> type of plague illness can spread the disease directly to other people.
> How can plague be avoided?
> The following precautions can decrease your chances of being exposed to
> .Do not allow pets to roam freely. Fit them with a flea collar or dust them
> with flea powder on a regular basis making sure to follow all label
> . Avoid contact with sick or dead animals and stay away from rodent burrows.
> . Wear insect repellents to keep fleas away when hiking or working in areas
> where plague might be active.
> . Wear rubber gloves when skinning and cleaning game animals. "
> There are some news reports online, but they only report that plague was
> found and that the only reported case in Yavapai county (at that time) was
> in 1975.
>> Sorry I wasn't clear, I was being Arizona specific. I was wanting to know
>> about the Ash Fork incident in 1977 that was spoken of. I know about the
>> girl in Colorado.
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