The plague, also known as “the Black Death” killed somewhere between 75 and 200 million people as a result of international trade, commerce and transnational shipping. The disease was thought to be spread by fleas and parasites carried by rats. The global population took over 400 years to recover.ARIZONA – Officials in two Arizona counties are warning the public after fleas in the region tested positive for the plague, the infamous infectious disease that killed millions during the Middle Ages. Navajo County Public Health officials confirmed on Friday that fleas in the area have tested positive for the rare disease. The
Nothing new. Plague has been in the rodent populations in North America for a long time, maybe forever. It is regularly found in prairie dogs, and their fleas. Prairie dog hunters have known for many, many decades to never fool with a prairie dog you have shot, leave them for the hawks and coyotes.
When I was Armenia, I worked with a government group which sampled rodents and their fleas in the wild to make maps of plague distribution across their country.
Plague has been in rodent populations, scattered all across the world for a very long time. Humans, as a species, have adapted to be relatively resistant to plague,but not all individuals, or all ethnic groups, are equally resistant. But fewer people die now, the great plagues largely sorted out those who couldn´t recover. Natural selection a huge scale at it´s ugliest.
Plague outbreaks in history are believed to have had their origins in the Middle East, actually the Gobi Desert region, spreading easily along trade routes, by caravans and the like.
Rats have traveled all over the world with humans.
If more plague is being identified in the Arizona area, then there´s probably more there.
And if something disturbs the host rodent from its natural habitat driving it into areas of denser human populations, you can have the ingredients for a plague epidemic. I doubt it would get to the pandemic stage, with all the anitbiotics available.
Of course, the plague bacillus has mutated somewhat. Who knows what form it really would take.
Fifty years ago part of the laundry list of immunizations given to troops headed to Vietnam was a plague vaccine injection.
One an episode of TV´s "Monsters Inside Me" was about a husband and wife from NM who took a trip to NYC and took sick. They were diagnosed with plague with which they had been infected before they left home. The wife got quite sick, but recovered. The husband nearly died and has lingering effects.
Apparently if the disease is properly diagnosed at an early stage it is easily treatable. Problem is so few cases annually and with symptoms resembling other more common maladies that doctors can be slow to hit on it´s being plague.
#3 is absolutely correct. New Mexico has a flare up every once in a while. People who handle wild animals, like bob cats, rabbits, skunks, and coyotes are very prone to acquiring a bad case of bubonic plague. When I worked in vector control in new Mexico we were getting a report of an isolated case of Yersinia pestis infection (BP). It is pretty much a harmless infectious diseae these days. It is not viral, but it is bacterial. It is transmitted to humans via a ´vector"- that is a flea that actually injects the bacteria into the human from the host animal. this happens when the human handles the carcass of the host animal. Feas immediately sense the host is dead through a drop in blood pressure. The start searching for a new host. This bounty trappers contract the disease when they take the trapped animals pelt for proof of killing it in order to collect the bounty. When I was working in New Mexico, Bob cat pelts drew $200.00. They were collected, dried and saved for when the BLM agent came to town- about once every two months and he would pay the bounty in cash! It´s a lucrative business- no taxes!
Two huge booksellers, Amazon and Walmart, have already cut the price of Hillary Rodham Clinton´s 2016 tell-all by 40 percent -- and it isn´t even available yet. Set to be released Tuesday, both have priced "What Happened?" at $17.99. Publisher Simon and Schuster set a price of $30. Much of what´s in her book has already been reported on, thanks to leaked copies of the Democratic presidential candidate´s latest work. The price cut, however, has likely helped to boost sales. It is No. 1 on Amazon.
In the worst tidal surge since Hurricane Hugo, Irma’s wide, whirling bands thrashed coastal South Carolina on Monday with stinging rains and punishing floods that put vast swaths of the Lowcountry under water. The storm tracked through Florida and Georgia, 200 miles away from Charleston as predicted, but its enormous reach still spawned tornadoes, downed power lines, killed at least one person and caused widespread disruption. But it was Irma’s surge that put it in Charleston’s storied hurricane record book. At its height, the storm generated a nearly 10-foot tide. That was 4 feet more than normal and among the worst tidal surges
The NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice, in its annual report on crime, finds that the murder rate in America’s 30 largest cities rose 13.1 percent in 2016—an alarming figure, especially considering last year’s identical increase.(Snip)But downplaying the recent uptick in the homicide rate distracts from the fact that there is more than one America when it comes to violent crime: indeed, 51 percent of all U.S. murders are committed in just 2 percent of the nation’s counties, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.
During his Sunday night interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon finally said out loud what many of us already knew: that Hillary Clinton is “not very bright.” This was actually my favorite part of the interview because nothing is healthier for our culture than the truth, most especially a truth no one dares to speak out loud. For 25 years, Madam Clinton has been in the public eye, and for 25 years we have been told time and again and again and again two whoppers: 1) Hillary is brilliant. 2) When you get to
Yet another poll has come out of Alabama showing conservative Roy Moore leading establishment-backed Luther Strange in the U.S. Senate GOP primary runoff, this time showing Moore’s lead back up to 15 percent. Moore, per a new poll from the firm Strategic National, is up at 51 percent while Strange still lags under 40 at just 36 percent. The poll shows 14 percent are undecided. The survey of 800 likely voters, conducted Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, has a margin of error of 3.5 percent. It’s the latest in a long line of polls showing Strange, who was appointed into the U.S.
The Obama rapid response team quickly swung into action against the latest Republican move on immigration last week. The new policy was "wrong." It was "self-defeating." It was "cruel." It wasn´t "required legally," but was "a political decision." Only two things were unusual about this strong Democratic pushback: Barack Obama was no longer in office at the time — and yet all the above responses came from the former president himself. If the 2016 presidential election seems like a never-ending contest, with vanquished Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton constantly relitigating the campaign and criticizing the man who ultimately bested her, the tug-of-war between
(Video) Bretagne was the last of the 9/11 search and rescue dogs to be laid to rest. The above video show the honor given her by the officers (video says it is Houston firefighters) as she takes her final steps. There were many American heroes in the aftermath of 9/11. These dogs were among them. The rest of this post is the first one I wrote about the dogs on the anniversary of the attack. We have all heard that heroes come in all shapes and sizes; sometimes the most unassuming person rises to the occasion and meets the challenge.
September 11th, 2001 brought indescribable terror and heartache to our nation. But in the aftermath, a tsunami of unity and patriotism washed over our shores. That wave has long since retreated and in its place, anti-American hatred has spread like wildfire. (Snip)Recently my organization, ACT for America had to cancel 67 rallies planned across the country to honor the memory of the victims of 9/11, and stand for policies that will diminish the ability of terrorists to bring their evil to our shores. The cancellation of these events was not caused by Islamic terrorists, but from the radical American left
There are few people who have believed in President Trump as firmly and unapologetically as Stephen K. Bannon, his former top White House adviser and top campaign strategist. And Bannon swore in a "60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday that he would stand by Trump and fight, from the outside, against those he thinks are steering the president in a bad direction. But even Bannon thinks Trump got something very important wrong.(Snip)2. WATCH: Bannon says firing of Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history. Also, he refuses to answer if Kushner was for it. pic.twitter.com/d0zcZgowd1 — Yashar Ali (@yashar)
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As part of FL CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team), we are forced to reposition outside of the storm surge area. As a consequence during the logistical move I will be out of the loop for most of the afternoon and evening. We will respond to recovery efforts from positions East of SWFL. Hopefully, I’ll be able to check back in and give updates later tonight. To ensure continuance of communication, CTH has auto-scheduled posts set up throughout the next week which will run automatically without any need for human data entry. [ie. the website is secure and will function as
Useful Link - Florida Disaster Org- Useful Link Ground Report. Many well prepared people are now facing a crisis of a severely dangerous storm surge warning. CTH readers (Hi Ziiggii) will well note the Hurricane challenges specific to the West Coast and Southwest Gulf Coast community. These unique challenges that have not been tested in 50+ years – Well folks, this is it. The 130 MPH on-shore winds are timed to arrive with the incoming tide overnight on Sunday into Monday morning. (Map)Due to extreme demand gasoline has been in short supply for the area South and West of Lake-O (Okeechobee)
Washington - Hillary Clinton on Sunday called Donald Trump’s inaugural speech as president “a cry from the white nationalist gut”. Clinton was speaking in her first televised interview since her stunning defeat in the election in November, two days ahead of the publication of What Happened, her book about her defeat. (Snip) During the campaign, in a moment widely criticized and weaponised by the Trump campaign, Clinton memorably referred to half of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables”. She expressed regret at the time. On Sunday, Clinton was unapologetic for the context of her remarks and said Trump’s base
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said in an interview broadcast Sunday that while she is "done" being a candidate, she is not leaving politics. "Is your political career over?" Jane Pauley asked Clinton on "CBS Sunday Morning." "Yes," Clinton responded. "As an active politician, it´s over. "I am done with being a candidate," she added. "But I am not done with politics, because I literally believe that our country´s future is at stake." Clinton´s comments come days before the release her new book, "What Happened," which accounts her experience in the 2016 presidential election. The former Democratic nominee reflects
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An elderly white man was shoved to the floor and derided as a “honky motherf----r” by a black woman, who also told him to sit in the back of the East Side bus they were riding, police sources said Monday. The suspect, believed to be between 30 and 40 years old, is still being sought. The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. Sept. 3 when the 80-year-old victim got on a city bus near E. 34th St. and First Ave. and sat up front, sources said. The suspect apparently took exception to where he was sitting.
The Gold Star father who came to Indianapolis to speak about civil discourse ripped into President Donald Trump, calling him "illiterate and uneducated" on Saturday evening. In reference to Trump´s rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, , Khizr Khan´s criticism came after a community conversation, "Talking Through Unity and Civility with Khizr Khan," on Saturday evening at St. Luke´s United Methodist Church. John Krull, host of "No Limits" on WFYI-FM (90.1), moderated the discussion. Khan is the Gold Star father who challenged Trump to rethink his stance on Muslims´ and religious minorities´ place in society during the 2016 presidential election. Khan´s son was killed in
Who would ever dream of handing political leadership to someone whose crowning career achievement was a high-paying no-show job? As its next presidential candidate, is Michelle Obama the best the Democrats can come up with? That´s the view of pollster Douglas Schoen, who thinks they don´t stand a chance otherwise. In a piece for The Hill, he writes: As I’ve said before, the Democrats need an alternative plan to rebuild and unite the party if they have any hope in winning back seats in Congress in the 2018 midterms, nonetheless the White House in 2020. This alternative plan requires a new, united
The start of the NFL season is normally a pretty big deal across the country. Apparently Los Angeles and San Francisco didn´t get the memo. The Rams and 49ers each opened their season at home Sunday, and both teams had to start their games with lots of empty seats in the stadium. The Rams are hosting the the Colts, but it seems like the Los Angeles fans are not that concerned about being there to see it in person. The 49ers are welcoming the Panthers, but not even Cam Newton could attract a crowd that wanted to show up for
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a Senate run in Utah if longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch retires. UtahPolicy.com reports that sources close to Mr. Romney say he’s making preparations to run, but some say Mr. Hatch likely won’t make a decision on whether he’ll run for another term until the end of the year. It would be Mr. Hatch’s eight term in office if he decides to run again. Mr. Hatch has said in the past that he’d be willing to step aside if someone like Mr. Romney wanted to run for the seat. Mr. Romney was the GOP presidential nominee in the 2012 elections, but lost to former President Barack Obama,
Hillary Clinton’s latest book “What Happened” and her ensuing book tour are the latest examples of the former presidential candidate creating fresh tensions within the Democratic Party. What happened is not terribly complicated: Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump and weakened the Democratic Party in the process. In her book, Secretary Clinton blames her loss on the Russians, former FBI Director James Comey and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), among others, yet the only person she does not seem to blame is herself. Clinton continues to take the focus away from the party and