posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 09:21 PM
from what i have always understood, there are always rats in the U.S. deserts that carry the bubonic plague and typhus.
here is a link that states the commonality of bubonic plague in the US and worldwide: "In the United States, human plague cases average about 10 to
15per year. Worldwide, there are 1,000 to 2,000 cases each year."
it also states where the plague is most commonly found and the most common methods of human infection: "Plague is found in some semi-arid areas in
Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, and North America. In the United States, most cases in humans occur in two regions: 1) northern New
Mexico, northern Arizona, and southern Colorado, and 2) California, southern Oregon, and far western Nevada.
In the southwestern United States, rock squirrel fleas are the most common source of infection in people. In the Pacific states, California ground
squirrel fleas are the most common source. Many other types of rodents -- including other ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, wood rats, wild
mice, and voles -- suffer plague outbreaks and are occasional sources of human infection. Domesticates can be infected by fleas or by eating infected
wild rodents and can be a direct source of infection to people. Dogs rarely suffer severe illness and have yet to be shown to be sources of infection
gnarly stuff, man.
edit on 7-9-2011 by highpriestess because: (no reason given)