There are many diseases that we consider to be things of the past and that we’re perfectly happy to leave behind in the dust as we move on through the ages. But unfortunately, it seems that the plagues of olden days have returned.
After a boy was admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with the plague, the disease, previously forgotten and believed to be gone forever, has stirred up concerns from citizens.
There has not been any way to determine for sure where the boy caught this disease from, although most assume he contracted it in either Oregon or Idaho, which he had both recently been to and had also faced a resurfacing of the plague in the 1990’s.
It’s believed that the 90’s plague was brought about by rats, which reached the USA through steamships.
While the boy is recovering after receiving the necessary professional medical care, both the CDC and doctors are increasingly concerned regarding the apparent resurfacing of this age-old disease.
Plague cases began to arise in Arizona County last year, resulting in instructions being released to protect netizens from contracting it.
Other regions that may become infected are California, Northern Mexico, Oregon, and Southern Colorado, and the risks increase during cooler summers following wetter winters.
The plague is transmitted through infected animals and fleas and can affect those of all ages.
It progresses very quickly. Initial symptoms include, fever, lymph node pain, headaches, chills and fatigue, and they begin to be visible within two to six days of contracting the disease.
The bacteria involved is very fast in multiplying, so the moment symptoms are discovered, it’s vital that medical care is sought immediately. Of course, a proper diagnosis is required for effective treatment.
Health officials have been doling out advice to keep the public safe from plague. To prevent the spread of plague, make sure to regularly clean your pets and ensure that they are free from fleas.
It’s also best to avoid all wild animals, both alive and dead, in order to reduce risks of infection. This means keeping your pets away from them, too.
You should also make sure to visit your doctor regularly and not to miss routine check-ups. Make sure to also keep your lawn and backyard clean, throwing out waste and compost regularly.
While the knowledge that plague cases are returning is certainly a nerve-wracking one, doctors, health officials and scientists are working hard to ensure this problem is kept at a minimum.
With proper care and by taking precautionary steps, you can dodge the risk of contracting the disease.