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Urgent Health Warning: Plague Hits the US

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United States: Plague based human case have been discovered in the United States by the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The discovery is the result of a preliminary test.

The Department of Public Health has outlined that the plague bacterium, which is scientifically known as Yersinia pestis, is transmitted by fleas and cycles naturally among the wild rodents. As per the experts, the plague can occur naturally and can be cause infection among humans and their pets, as per krdo.com.

The authorities have mentioned that humans get infected to plague from bites of infected fleas or by touching the infected animals. Along with this, the people can also catch the infection after inhaling the droplets.

Some of the typical symptoms of plague are:

  • Chills and Fever
  • Severe Headache
  • Muscle Aches
  • Vomiting and Nausea
  • Feeling of Illness
  • Swelling and pain in lymph nodes

Steps for protection against plague!

According to the health authorities, the steps to be taken for protection against plague include:

  • Try to eliminate all the places that can provide sheds to rodents and can act as a breeding point for them around the places you often visit, including your home, garage, shed, or recreation area. You can remove brush, rock piles, piles of lumber, and trash.
  • Don’t make any contact with dead animals.
  • To prevent flea bites, apply insect repellent containing 20%-30% DEET to your pants, socks, shoe tops, arms, and legs.
  • Avoid letting pets sleep in your bed.
  • Regularly treat your dogs and cats for fleas, as flea collars are not proven effective. Keep pets away from areas where rodents live, such as prairie dog colonies, and store pet food in rodent-proof containers, as reported by krdo.com.

In this matter, program manager of the Office of Communicable Disease and Emergency Preparedness of PDPHE – Alicia Solis stated, “If you develop symptoms of plague, see a health care provider immediately. Plague can be treated successfully with antibiotics, but an infected person must be treated promptly to avoid serious complications or death.”

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