Idaho Child Diagnosed With Plague; Only 5th Case In State History

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Evidently. It's unknown whether the child - whose identity was not disclosed - contracted the disease in Idaho or in or while on a recent vacation.

One of the oldest identifiable diseases known to man, the plague is still widely distributed in the warm parts of the world.

The Statesman says there here have been two cases of plague in humans in Idaho and eight in OR since 1990.

Central District Health Department, said in the statement about the infected child.

A child in Idaho is recovering after being struck with the plague, leaving many wondering how the plague exists in the 21st century.

The child, who has not been identified, is now home after a course of antibiotics in a local hospital, Christine Myron, spokesperson for the Central District Health Department, said on Wednesday.

That said, researchers previous year found traces of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium which causes the plague, among squirrels in Elmore County.

Further, the Center for Disease Control noted other preventative measures include wearing gloves when handling animals that could be infected, and preventing pets from sleeping in the same bed as humans. Since those discoveries, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, public health districts and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have been working to raise awareness of plague in the area each year. Plague has been found in wildlife in both states. It also can be transmitted to people by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, rabbits and pets.

Don't feed rodents in campgrounds, picnic areas, or near your home.

See your doctor if you have any unexplained illness involving a sudden and severe fever after being in a plague-endemic area.

Keep your pets from roaming and hunting rodents.

Talk to your veterinarian about using an appropriate flea control product on pets as not all products are safe for cats, dogs or children. Human symptoms of plague usually appear within two to six days of contact and include fever, chills, headaches and often a swelling of lymph nodes under the armpit, the CDHD said.

Rapidly developing pneumonia with shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, bloody or watery mucous.

Plague is spread by fleas that carry the Yersinia pestis bacteria, which can cause the three forms of plague: bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic. People can greatly reduce their risk of becoming infected by taking simple precautions. "Since 1990, eight human cases were confirmed in OR and two were confirmed in Idaho".

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