posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 07:10 AM
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
reply to post by tvtexan
Do you believe that the plague headlines are sensationalized? In my opinion it seems like they are downplaying it.
The Arizona outbreak seems rather serious.
(i.e. 'the plague') is treatable by over a half-dozen antibiotics. If it is caught in the bubonic phase (buboes are essentially
lumps on the body), it is very survivable. Once it spreads to the lungs or blood, it is harder to treat. It is only transmissible by humans in the
I wouldn't worry about it. It has always been endemic to the southwest, and a few dozen cases pop up every year. The death rate is very low,
In my area, two people have died of eastern equine encephalitis, which is highly unusual.
Originally posted by JiggyPotamus
Oh great. Now the terrorists are infecting our rodents and small mammals with the plague. It is an ingenious plot, to be sure. Infect them in Mexico,
and then send them over the border and hope they don't get caught. I know their game. I've got my eye on them. There is no way that the border patrol
can catch all the animals, so a lot get through, and we will start to see the strain on our healthcare system if we haven't already.
I'm told that the black plague is no joke, and the pneumonic form, which is plague in the lungs that causes pneumonia, is the worst variety. Anyway,
this could be bad, or it could just be that we have abnormal data that still falls within the range that it won't kill 9/10th of us.
You are correct that pneumonic plague is terrible (and highly contagious), but I don't think that there is a plot going on here. Rodents have always
been vectors for Yersinia pestis
...this is not a new occurrence. The worst-case scenario, in my mind, is a pandemic that would strain the
country's supply of antibiotics. Eventually, we would have antibiotic-resistant strains of Y. pestis
, much like we have resistant strains of
staphylococcus and enterococcus (MRSA and VRE).
I'm surprised ATS doesn't have more postings about how antibiotics are slowly becoming useless as the bacteria evolve. There is much more to fear from
this impending phenomenon than terrorists, I assure you.
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