Rare case of bubonic plague in Idaho

In the Middle Ages, the plague (known as the Black Death) – killed one third to one half of the European population.

This is the first reported case of bubonic plague in Idaho in 26 years, and only the fifth since 1940.

Bubonic plague is passed to humans by infected fleas, which can be carried great distances by small rodents.

This article suggests several safety precautions you can take, such as keeping pets from roaming and hunting rodents, because when an animal dies from the plague, the fleas leave the body to look for a new host.

The good news is that with today’s medical advancements, the disease can be treated.

See more safety precautions:

Thanks to Steven Rowlandson for this link

9 thoughts on “Rare case of bubonic plague in Idaho”

  1. Plague is endemic (i.e., always present) in animal populations in all of the western US states and has been so for decades…. possibly first brought over by rats on ships from China during the San Francisco earthquake in 1916 (or thereabouts).

    Usually people don’t get close enough to any of the infected critters (who tend to live mostly in remote areas)… but not really a big surprise that occasionally someone gets it. Usually exposed from things like hunting or sports activities like camping, hiking etc.

  2. We’ve had a few cases in California, near my home town on the Feather River. Malaria too. Modern medicine and good vector control prevent epidemics.

    Don’t go near dead rodents out west…

  3. anthrax spores live for decades in soils and outbreaks are also not so rare in usa, especially old cattle routes that deer etc still use i gather. presonally i see the ongoing non eradicable rabies issue you have as the highest risk.
    and thevariant CJD thats spreading in deer elk n moose all over usa also.

  4. WHO has these infections? FIrst world people or our new “immigrants”?

    Somebody has to ask these questions and somebody has to discuss it.

  5. And don’t go near your **dogs** that go sniffing around dead rodents…and catching their fleas!

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