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Postby knapplc » Tue May 16, 2006 8:48 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- A campground at Natural Bridges National Monument has been closed because of bubonic plague detected among field mice and chipmunks.

Plague also has been found this spring in rodent populations at Mesa Verde National Park and Colorado National Monument.

National Park Service officials said there never has been a reported human case of bubonic plague originating from the parks or national monuments.

"We come down on the conservative side when it comes to closing campgrounds," said Joe Winkelmaier of the U.S. Public Health Service. "We just like to be sure when it comes to plague."

Several weeks ago, park rangers noticed a large number of dead field mice at Natural Bridges, about 40 miles west of Blanding. Chief Ranger Ralph Jones showed that tests indicated they died from the plague.

Rangers plan to insecticides to kill fleas in the campground area. Humans usually contract bubonic plague after being bitten by fleas that have bitten infected rodents. The campground could be reopened as soon as next week.

Plague occurs throughout the West, but is concentrated in the Four Corners area of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. An average of 18 cases involving humans are reported each year in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in seven victims die.


I had no idea the Plague was still around. Guess I'm not going to the Four Corners anytime soon. 8-o :-o
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Postby Horizons » Tue May 16, 2006 9:08 am

Gotta be tuff to live out West. West Nile, Hantavirus, Plague, bout as scary as a cough due to cold.... :-D
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Postby Mercer Boy » Tue May 16, 2006 10:40 am

Oh yeah, it's still around...that is scary crap. Remind me not to go east when I visit Vegas again. :-o :-o :-o

Maybe that's where they take those casino cheaters if they catch them on video. 8-o
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Postby catch22 » Tue May 16, 2006 11:20 am

hAVE TO TAKE THE BAD WITH THE GOOD WHEN IT COMES TO THE WEST......LEGALIZED GAMBLING, PROSTITUTION.....THATS NOT BAD
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Postby WickedSmaat » Tue May 16, 2006 11:31 am

But atleast they're being conservative about it because it's the plague :-o

catch22 wrote:hAVE TO TAKE THE BAD WITH THE GOOD WHEN IT COMES TO THE WEST......LEGALIZED GAMBLING, PROSTITUTION.....THATS NOT BAD


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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue May 16, 2006 12:54 pm

By the way, something I came across the other day, the nursery rhyme, "Ring Around the Rosie" actually did not have anything to do with the Plague.

Explains here.
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Postby mysticphysh » Tue May 16, 2006 12:56 pm

Ring around the rosey
A pocket full of posey
ASHES! ASHES!
We all fall down!




Ok, my family is moving out to Idaho and my wife and daughter are already out there while I stayed behind to sell the house. I'm thinking maybe I should get them back on a plane! :-o

And yes, the plague is still around. Every couple of decades there's a oubreak, but with modern medicine, it's better treatable and we know how to keep it from spreading so there's no black death. ;-D
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Postby mysticphysh » Tue May 16, 2006 1:03 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:By the way, something I came across the other day, the nursery rhyme, "Ring Around the Rosie" actually did not have anything to do with the Plague.

Explains here.


Eh....that's one person and one website's opinion. I'm fasinated with medieval times and I've read plenty of books and I regularly watch documentaries on the history channel and such. As a matter of fact, I watched on on the black pleague about a month ago and uni professors talked about the rhyme stemming from the pleague.

I'm not saying the dude doesn't have any validity to his claims, and the whole Protestants dancing thing might be true, but that one verse of the rhyme DOES originate from the pleague. I mean, they freely admit the rhyme has been around for nearly 600 years which takes it all the way back the black plague times as opposed the the Protestants times in the 19th century ;-D


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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue May 16, 2006 1:20 pm

mysticphysh wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:By the way, something I came across the other day, the nursery rhyme, "Ring Around the Rosie" actually did not have anything to do with the Plague.

Explains here.


Eh....that's one person and one website's opinion. I'm fasinated with medieval times and I've read plenty of books and I regularly watch documentaries on the history channel and such. As a matter of fact, I watched on on the black pleague about a month ago and uni professors talked about the rhyme stemming from the pleague.


EDIT: sorry about double post


I'm fascinated by it myself and that's what got me into a discussion with a couple friends of mine. I had always heard that that nursery rhyme was derived from the plague.
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Postby mysticphysh » Tue May 16, 2006 1:34 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
mysticphysh wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:By the way, something I came across the other day, the nursery rhyme, "Ring Around the Rosie" actually did not have anything to do with the Plague.

Explains here.


Eh....that's one person and one website's opinion. I'm fasinated with medieval times and I've read plenty of books and I regularly watch documentaries on the history channel and such. As a matter of fact, I watched on on the black pleague about a month ago and uni professors talked about the rhyme stemming from the pleague.


EDIT: sorry about double post


I'm fascinated by it myself and that's what got me into a discussion with a couple friends of mine. I had always heard that that nursery rhyme was derived from the plague.


Yeah and it fits so perfectly.

Ring around the rosie (there are rings around the bleeding sores)
A pocket full of posie (some say to ward off evil spirits, others say they kept flowers in a pouch they pressed at their noses because of the stench of death)
Ashes ashes (obviously burned bodies)
They all fall down (again obvious)


It's interesting how things spread. As a kid, I never thought about little insects biting me beyond the fact that it itched. But to find out fleas started the black plague. And mosquitos spread west nile. Ticks carry lime disease. Makes me want to bathe in Deep Woods Off before stepping outside.

As a matter of fact, i'm calling my wife right now to tell her to buy some Off.... :-o
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