At first we had flu... Then we had painfull swelling...
According to the MSM there has been a death due to Bubonic Plauge.
Health officials fear an outbreak of bubonic plague in central Asia after a teenage boy died from the disease and three more were admitted to hospital
in Kyrgyzstan. Temirbek Isakunov, a 15-year-old from a mountain village near the border with Kazakhstan, reportedly died from the disease last week
after eating an infected barbecued marmot. Kyrgyzstan's emergency ministry said a young woman and two children from a different village who came into
contact with Isakunov were hospitalised on Tuesday with the high fever and swelling around the neck and armpits characteristic of bubonic plague,
local news outlets reported.
The Black death. This was a major subject in my School days here in the UK.
The old Ring-A-Ring-A-Rosies rhyme was also a common feature of the play ground.
What is striking is that there have been strict precautions following the death of the boy.
His body was cremated and remains where handled cautiously.
There are conflicting reports concerning how the Plague was contracted -
Issakunov is thought to have died after being bitten by an infected flea while he herded livestock in a remote village in the north east of
Kyrgyzstan – a mountainous country in central Asia. Initial reports that he died after eating a barbecued marmot are believed to be false.
A very nasty bug and bacteruim....... and a genuine reason to BAN cats...!!!
The plague bacteria can be transmitted to humans in the following ways:
Flea bites. Plague bacteria are most often transmitted by the bite of an infected flea. During plague epizootics, many rodents die, causing hungry
fleas to seek other sources of blood. People and animals that visit places where rodents have recently died from plague are at risk of being infected
from flea bites. Dogs and cats may also bring plague-infected fleas into the home. Flea bite exposure may result in primary bubonic plague or
Contact with contaminated fluid or tissue. Humans can become infected when handling tissue or body fluids of a plague-infected animal. For example, a
hunter skinning a rabbit or other infected animal without using proper precautions could become infected with plague bacteria. This form of exposure
most commonly results in bubonic plague or septicemic plague.
Infectious droplets. When a person has plague pneumonia, they may cough droplets containing the plague bacteria into air. If these bacteria-containing
droplets are breathed in by another person they can cause pneumonic plague. Typically this requires direct and close contact with the person with
pneumonic plague. Transmission of these droplets is the only way that plague can spread between people. This type of spread has not been documented in
the United States since 1924, but still occurs with some frequency in developing countries. Cats are particularly susceptible to plague, and can be
infected by eating infected rodents. Sick cats pose a risk of transmitting infectious plague droplets to their owners or to veterinarians. Several
cases of human plague have occurred in the United States in recent decades as a result of contact with infected cats.
Lets hope it's contained....
edit on 28-8-2013 by PurpleDog UK because: (no reason given)
I lived in Northern Arizona where cases of bubonic plague sometimes happened every year. Plague usually crops up in more rural areas where there's
an increased likelihood of exposure via wild animals. 1 death or even 3 cases does not a pandemic make. Some graphs from the CDC indicating
prevalence and year by year numbers of cases within the US alone on this link: www.cdc.gov...
Iow, I would say that the news piece is just that--"scare" but you forgot to add "tactics" at the end.
Just to scare you, its estimated the Black Plague killed 75 - 200 million people in the 14 centuary.
In 1665 it killed upto 100,000 people in London alone.
Just to un-frighten everyone, the only reason it hit numbers like that was because of poor hygiene and health practices of those times, it's much
harder for it to kill people in the modern world. Unless you throw in third world conditions...
On 26 August 2013 the Health Ministry of Kyrgyzstan confirmed that a teenager had died of bubonic plague in the Ak-Suu district in Issyk-Kul region in
north- eastern Kyrgyzstan. Checkpoints have been set up in the region to contain the disease. Take care if you travel to the Oblasts (Provinces) of
Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad. See Local travel The Kyrgyz/Uzbek and Kyrgyz/Tajik borders are subject to closure without notice. There have been a number
of security incidents in the Kyrgyz/Uzbek border region. See Local travel There is a British Embassy in Bishkek. However, the British Embassy Office
in Almaty, Kazakhstan is responsible for providing consular assistance to British nationals in Kyrgyzstan. If you need consular assistance while you
are in Kyrgyzstan, you should contact the consular section at the British Embassy Office, Almaty.
Also, the health standerds in Krygyzstan are probably not quite the same as Arizona.
Acording to The old Wiki population figures The province has about 62,000 with 6.3 people per SqK.
Anyway, here is the striking point with a quote from The Independant.
Issakunov died last week, but tests on his body have
only just revealed his cause of death to be bubonic
Tolo Isakov, an official from Kyrgyzstan’s health
ministry, said teams of pest control agents have been
sent into the area to kill rats and other rodents that may
be harbouring the disease.
He added that around 2,000 local people face
compulsory tests to see if they are infected with bubonic
plague, with antibiotics prescribed to anyone suffering
I also want to make sure to add that I don't think it's any fault of yours that this caused you concern. You're absolutely correct in that they do
teach the subject of The Black Death and bubonic plague in high school. When I took microbiology and immunology and pathology, things like the
bubonic plague were discussed from the "Black Death" period of history and other diseases such as hantavirus and ebola were taught in such a way
that allowed the perception that these were diseases that existed in Africa. I was really quite surprised, even as someone who took university level
courses in that specific subject matter, to find that all three actually exist in what is called the "Native SW" after I moved into the area,
itself. It was a very shocking realization. That massive red glob in the Four Corners region is largely native reservations (Navajo, Hopi, and Ute)
and that's where I had moved to.
When they teach about the Black Death in school, it gives a lot people the sense that the disease simply "disappeared" and so an incident of the
plague today would seem to be a "reappearance" of a possible pandemic. In a lot of ways, these are examples of the failings of our school system
when it allows or favors misinterpretation or does not properly disclose that the disease currently exists within our own country, where or even that,
with early detection, it's treatable. It's also, sadly, the reason why every year in the Native SW there's usually a tourist within the area that
falls down sick because they did not know and thought a prairie dog was cute. They should teach this information as a comparison from the past to the
present for full historical perspective.
Four people have been hospitalised and 160 quarantined after a 15 year-old boy who ate marmot meat died of the bubonic plague last week, the
Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Health said on Wednesday. The Ministry in the Central Asian nation said the boy told medics he spent the previous week camping
in the mountains where he had eaten barbecued marmot, a large ground squirrel that typically lives in mountainous areas. The Ministry of Health
established quarantine in parts of the mountainous North-east, but said there was no risk of an epidemic. Four residents in the boy’s village were
hospitalised on Wednesday after complaining of fever, though none had contact with the boy. A high fever is a common symptom of many diseases, such as
the flu or measles.
This source seems to be down playing the death more than Western sources.
edit on 28/8/13 by Esrom Escutcheon Esquire because: Add quote.
If the disease was caught in them early enough, they will most likely survive. The biggest cause of death for plague is it not being identified until
it's too late. That is probably the reason why the others who lived nearby within the small mountain village are quarantined. The name of the
village is Ichke-Jerghez. Total population: 1913. So, very, very small population and less than 10% of the population quarantined. Definitely will
not be an outbreak.
Wouldn't surprise me and could explain why there were sometimes less prairie dogs than in other years. Always had to do with how the monsoon season
went...at least that's what my Nat Am friends told me. There was a hantavirus outbreak out there years and years ago that killed 11, iirc. It was
a bit of a trip to actually live out there though. I was a suburban/city girl and to suddenly find myself living in a place where there were a half a
dozen insects that could kill me, a single bite from an ant would cause my entire back to inflame, and where the threat of plague and hantavirus were
real...well...a lot of times, I wondered why the heck I moved there, Hats off to your GF...she's a brave soul.
Seems there level headed too and the following Quote also has a go at media concerning the outbreak and over reacting -
The Kyrgyz government now accuses the media of sparking global panic over a confirmed case of bubonic plague death.
"The current situation in Ak-Suy district is under control of doctors and epidemiologists of the republic and there are no reasons to worry and fan
up tension among local residents and the world public ," the government statement is cited by Itar-Tass news agency.
I have also attached the following link to ABC News -
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