Idaho boy recovering from rare case of plague

Idaho boy recovering from rare case of plague

The child became ill late last month and, earlier this week, health authorities received laboratory confirmation that he had bubonic plague, Myron said. The recent cases of plague in Idaho were found in squirrels, but this year, none of the cases were in Elmore County or southern Ada County.

The child had recently traveled to OR, so it's unknown whether the patient caught the disease there OR in Idaho, since both states have rodents with plague.

'Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea.

A child in Elmore County was confirmed to be infected with the plague this week, according to the Central District Health Department, marking the first human diagnosis in Idaho since 1992. Eight cases of plague have occurred in OR since 1990 and two in Idaho. The bubonic plague wiped out 50 million people in the world during the 14th Century, including somewhere between 25 and 60% of the entire population of Europe (record keeping was spotty back then), and it's a particularly nasty disease. Human-to-human transmission is extremely rare. People can decrease their risk by treating their pets for fleas and avoiding contact with wildlife, ' said Sarah Correll, Central District Health Department epidemiologist. "Wear insect repellant, long trousers and socks when visiting plague-affected areas". The symptoms include fever, chills, weakness, and headache, followed by very painful and swollen lymph nodes, referred to as "buboes".

There are a few plague cases every year in the USA, mostly in the rural West and especially the Southwest. An unusually high number of plague causes, however occurred in 2015, with 16 total cases. It can be spread by contact with an infected animal or through fleas.

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In 2012, a man in OR was hospitalized for plague after he tried to pull a mouse out of his cat's mouth.

If you've been in a plague-endemic area and develop sudden and severe fever, consult a doctor.

Put hay, wood and compost piles as far as possible from your home.

The CDC urges people to respond quickly to any rat or mouse infestations in your home, to wear gloves when dealing with animals that could carry it and to keep fleas off your pets.

Do not feed rodents in picnic or campground areas and never handle sick or dead rodents. Pneumonic plague includes shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and sometimes bloody mucous.

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