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Colorado man, dog diagnosed
with Pneumonic plague

CBS 12 (West Palm Beach FL), by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/12/2014 1:03:34 PM

A rare case of Pneumonic plague has been diagnosed in a patient who is hospitalized in Colorado. Health officials say it is the first confirmed case in the state since 2004. Plague was also confirmed in the family dog, after the dog died unexpectedly. The plague -- the illness that killed millions of people across Europe in the Middle Ages -- is a bacterial infection spread by fleas from rodents. Pneumonic plague is caused by the same bacteria as bubonic plague but it attacks the lungs. It can be treated with antibiotics, but sometimes is still deadly. State health officials

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lyndsey, 7/12/2014 1:25:08 PM     (No. 9921444)

Hmm I know I am getting old and I may be a bit behind the times however when did the Bubonic plague become the pneumonic plague?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 7/12/2014 1:46:10 PM     (No. 9921468)

When you lay down with dogs you wake up with fleas and also a canine STD like Pneumonic plague.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/12/2014 1:47:25 PM     (No. 9921469)

Re #1, just uninformed. And the intro does note the difference: location. Here is a more expanded view:

Pneumonic plague, a severe type of lung infection, is one of three main forms of plague, all of which are caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It is more virulent and rare than bubonic plague. The difference between the versions of plague is simply the location of the infection in the body; the bubonic plague is an infection of the lymphatic system, the pneumonic plague is an infection of the respiratory system, and the septicaemic plague is an infection in the blood stream.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumonic_plague

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Janylou, 7/12/2014 1:49:37 PM     (No. 9921472)

What is really worrisome about all the illegals coming in, we don´t know what they are bringing in, either because they have the disease or they are bringing it in.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Emerson, 7/12/2014 1:50:29 PM     (No. 9921475)

From that Wikipedia citaion in #3,

The man was found to have the disease after the family dog died unexpectedly and a necropsy conducted on it revealed it had died from the disease, which is spread when fleas who have been hosted by rodents (mostly prairie dogs) spread to another nearby host once the original one dies. The plague is found in the western U.S., according to the CDC.[15]

Fleas.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/12/2014 3:07:27 PM     (No. 9921528)

Pneumonic plague is a variation on bubonic plague. Instead of infecting the lymphatic system, it infects the lungs. It is quite deadly and can kill in less than 36 hours from the moment of infection. Unlike the bubonic version, it needs no intermediate vector to infect. It can be passed directly from human to human via aerosolized droplets...such as sneezing and coughing.

It is dangerous, but easily controlled with common antibiotics, so people associated with victims who are expressing symptoms can be treated quickly. The prognosis for untreated or even late treated victims is not good...this is q very deadly disease without treatment.

Fears of this being a potential for wide spread epidemic should be dismissed. Even in untreated populations, this disease expresses obvious symptoms early, such as coughing up blood, giving uninfected persons a warning to avoid direct contact with the victim. It incapacitates it´s victims quickly, thus limiting their travel and the time to infect others. Even in primitive,untreated populations, pneumonic plague seems to be self extinguishing.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/13/2014 1:14:51 PM     (No. 9922526)

Thank you #1 are the two actually one and the same? Which is worse? Bubonic has been read in history...."Bring out your dead" the old Monty Python sketch comes to mind...Not being familiar otherwise, no idea as to symptoms Only know it is deadly.

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