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Plague is a disease you probably associate with the Middle Ages, when the "Black Death" killed 50 million people, wiping out most of Europe.
But it's still around today. In some countries, particularly Madagascar, people live in constant fear of plague.
Every year, the US records about a dozen plague deaths, and there's been a spike in cases over the past five months. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 11 cases and three deaths in six states since April. Officials aren't yet sure what caused the uptick, though the disease typically circulates from late spring to early fall, so the caseload should come down again soon.
People with the plague need immediate treatment. If treatment is not received within 24 hours of when the first symptoms occur, death can result.
Antibiotics such as streptomycin, gentamicin, doxycycline, or ciprofloxacin are used to treat plague. Oxygen, intravenous fluids, and respiratory support usually are also needed.
The Ministry of Health of Madagascar has notified WHO of an outbreak of plague. The first case was identified on 17 August in a rural township in Moramanga district. The case passed away on 19 August. As of 30 August, 14 cases, including 10 deaths, were reported. All confirmed cases are of the pneumonic form. Since 27 August, no new cases have been reported from the affected or neighbouring districts.
originally posted by: Hefficide
The plague has been present in prairie dogs in the Midwest for well over a hundred years. During that time humans have been infected. While uncommon it's not unheard of.
And that's just the US. Here are some stats, US and globally.
Sorry, this is not a harbinger of the apocalypse. Just a disease that's been with us for a very long time.
originally posted by: NewzNose
a reply to: intrepid
Have you heard about CREs? They are resistant to all of those medications you name. All that need happen is The Plague meet Ebola at a bar, have a few drinks and exchange body fluids for a few hours, then kiss goodbye and hop on separate planes going in different directions.