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Pneumonic plague found in a Colorado resident and pet dog

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posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 11:12 AM

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment laboratory yesterday identified pneumonic plague in a Colorado resident. Investigation revealed the family dog had recently died unexpectedly. The carcass was recovered and tested at the Colorado State University Veterinarian Diagnostic Laboratory, where tests were positive for plague.

Tri-County Health Department officials and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are working together to investigate the source of exposure and to identify those who may have been exposed through close contact with the individual. Any individuals exposed will be recommended for antibiotic treatment.

Now this is a story to watch because it has the potential to become bad, very, very bad !!!!
you may not know this but ---pneumonic plague was formerly known as "Black Death"

From Wiki

Pneumonic plague, a severe type of lung infection, is one of three main forms of plague, all of which are caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It is more virulent and rare than bubonic plague. The difference between the versions of plague is simply the location of the infection in the body; the bubonic plague is an infection of the lymphatic system, the pneumonic plague is an infection of the respiratory system, and the septicaemic plague is an infection in the blood stream.

Typically, pneumonic form is due to a spread from infection of an initial bubonic form. Primary pneumonic plague results from inhalation of fine infective droplets and can be transmitted from human to human without involvement of fleas or animals. Untreated pneumonic plague has a very high fatality rate.

So unlike bubonic plague, it doesn't require a flea or skitter bite to infect ya all... This one is air born and breathing is all it takes to become infected.

Right now their looking at prairie dogs as the source of--- and again you have to remember one vector for this virus is air born so just being near to an infected person or animal is all it takes to get it.. and if you read up on just what Pneumonic plague can do to you... it's not something I'd want to catch!

Again from Wiki

The most apparent symptom of pneumonic plague is coughing, often with hemoptysis (coughing up blood). With pneumonic plague, the first signs of illness are fever, headache, weakness and rapidly developing pneumonia with shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and sometimes bloody or watery sputum.[2]

The pneumonia progresses for two to four days and may cause respiratory failure and shock. Patients will die without early treatment, some within 36 hours.

Initial pneumonic plague symptoms can often include the following:

Rapidly developing pneumonia with:
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Bloody or watery sputum (saliva and discharge from respiratory passages).

More info can be found at the CDC Website
edit on 16-7-2014 by HardCorps because: (no reason given)

posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 01:19 PM
where about in Colorado? my wife and son are flying to Denver today.

posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 01:27 PM

originally posted by: solongandgoodnight
where about in Colorado? my wife and son are flying to Denver today.

The patient and the dog may have been exposed in eastern Adams County

Containing the cities:

Arvada (part)
Aurora (part)
Brighton (part)
Commerce City
Federal Heights
Northglenn (part)
Strasburg (part)
Thornton (part)
Westminster (part)

posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 05:42 PM
There's a couple of these every year, no biggie.

Kudos to the doc who diagnosed it though. Something you may only see once, if that, in a medical career isn't that easy to nail.

posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 07:10 PM
Wonder where that came from...

posted on Jul, 17 2014 @ 01:04 PM
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