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Postby knapplc » Wed Apr 19, 2006 2:56 pm

It's not necessarily contagious:

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A woman is in stable condition with bubonic plague, the first confirmed human case in Los Angeles County since 1984, health officials said Tuesday.

The woman, who was not identified, was admitted to a hospital April 13 with a fever, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms. A blood test confirmed the bacterial disease, and she was given antibiotics, officials said.

Bubonic plague is not contagious, but if left untreated it can morph into pneumonic plague, which is. Bubonic plague is usually transmitted to humans from the bites of fleas infected by rodents.

Health officials said they suspect the woman was exposed by fleas in her home and that there was no cause for alarm. An estimated 10 to 20 Americans contract plague each year, mostly in rural communities.

Bubonic plague is believed to have been the "Black Death" that killed 25 million people in Europe between 1346 and 1351.


25 million people in five years? That's astounding! 8-o

Considering that the total population of Europe in the 14th Century was probably less than 150 million, that's just an incredible death rate.
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Re: Bubonic Plague Strikes Again - But Don't Worry...

Postby mutantseabass » Wed Apr 19, 2006 2:59 pm

knapplc wrote:25 million people in five years? That's astounding! 8-o


But its not contagious. :-?
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Re: Bubonic Plague Strikes Again - But Don't Worry...

Postby moonhead » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:00 pm

mutantseabass wrote:
knapplc wrote:25 million people in five years? That's astounding! 8-o


But its not contagious. :-?


unless you sleep with rats.
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Re: Bubonic Plague Strikes Again - But Don't Worry...

Postby mutantseabass » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:01 pm

moonhead wrote:
mutantseabass wrote:
knapplc wrote:25 million people in five years? That's astounding! 8-o


But its not contagious. :-?


unless you sleep with rats.


I knew that would catch up with me one day
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Postby jayday » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:04 pm

You didn't realize it killed that many knapp? I'm also pretty sure that it killed a third or at least a fourth of the population of Europe, but its been a couple years since I studied it so don't quote me on it....

It was a vicious disease, but I thought it was confirmed that the Black Death was the bubonic plague? :-?
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Re: Bubonic Plague Strikes Again - But Don't Worry...

Postby knapplc » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:06 pm

mutantseabass wrote:But its not contagious. :-?


It becomes contagious when left untreated and it becomes pneumonic plague.
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Postby knapplc » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:08 pm

jayday wrote:You didn't realize it killed that many knapp? I'm also pretty sure that it killed a third or at least a fourth of the population of Europe, but its been a couple years since I studied it so don't quote me on it....

It was a vicious disease, but I thought it was confirmed that the Black Death was the bubonic plague? :-?


Well, yes I did know that, but I was emphasizing it for the post.

And yes, I'm pretty sure I've read that it's been confirmed that the Black Death was the Bubonic Plague - or I've seen it on some History Channel show.
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Postby Teck » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:08 pm

Yeah.. funny thing is that antibiotics cure it..
I read something about the bubonic plauge a year or so back
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Re: Bubonic Plague Strikes Again - But Don't Worry...

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:12 pm

knapplc wrote:Health officials said they suspect the woman was exposed by fleas in her home and that there was no cause for alarm.


NO CAUSE FOR ALARM!?! I'M FREAKING OUT HERE!!! RUN FOR THE HILLS!!! THE BLACK PLAGUE IS UPON US!!! IT WILL KILL US ALL!!! :-o :-o :-o :-o :-o :-o
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Postby Bennett4prez » Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:06 pm

.. if the Bird Flu doesn't first, right? :-o
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