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(Denver Post)   Colorado confirms a pet cat and a dead squirrel have tested positive for the bubonic plague   (denverpost.com) divider line 76
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2012-06-22 03:35:40 PM  
Ok so it was a little more than a week Link
But STILL maybe we should test road kill in Florida and it will all come together..
 
2012-06-22 03:36:39 PM  

Cup_O_Jo: So that is from Oregon to Colorado in less then a week. yipee skipee.


No, it was already in Colorado. It has been in Colorado for probably over a hundred years. It is also, to a lesser extent, in Oregon. It does not need to travel.
 
2012-06-22 03:39:04 PM  
Two cases were found a couple of weeks ago in Washington as well.
 
2012-06-22 03:42:06 PM  
th09.deviantart.net
 
2012-06-22 03:53:55 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: GAT_00: Plague is a lot more common out West than you'd think.

This

/campgrounds being closed around Lake Tahoe is pretty common


Yep, you see warning signs all over the Southwest about not feeding the ground squirrels because they carry the plague. Of course people do it anyway.

Personally I'm not afraid of a disease that can be cured with antibiotics. We aren't living in the 14th century any more.
 
2012-06-22 03:58:01 PM  

platedlizard: MaudlinMutantMollusk: GAT_00: Plague is a lot more common out West than you'd think.

This

/campgrounds being closed around Lake Tahoe is pretty common

Yep, you see warning signs all over the Southwest about not feeding the ground squirrels because they carry the plague. Of course people do it anyway.

Personally I'm not afraid of a disease that can be cured with antibiotics. We aren't living in the 14th century any more.


Antibiotics aren't always a miracle cure, viruses can easily mutate to beat them.
 
2012-06-22 03:58:12 PM  

comslave: Reverse caturday.


Cat is OK, Caturday miracle!
 
2012-06-22 04:00:41 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: Chameleon: Plague isn't really that big of a deal anymore. It's rarely transmitted to people and easily treated with antibiotics. At least, for now.

/MDR-plague. *shudder*

I figure a lot of the family lines that were super-susceptible to to the Plague were wiped out during the original Plague as well (does anyone know if this idea has been tested and stands to scientific scrutiny? Don't want to accidentally spread woo).


Hmm, more like the bacteria evolved to become less deadly so it could be transmitted easier (kill off your host too fast and you go extinct). There were a few families that had a mutation that prevented infection from the plague. That same mutation, interestingly enough, makes people with that gene immune to HIV as well.
 
2012-06-22 04:02:15 PM  
Wait wait-- which plague are we talking about here? the "good old fashioned" plague from Europe, or the cousin-virus out west that used to be called Four Corners Disease/Navajo Flu? Because Hanta Virus kills in a completely different way.

Old plague is the one that destroys the lymphatic system among other symptoms, whereas Hanta causes an immuno-reaction where the body kills itself, manufacturing antibodies that destroy the capillaries in the lungs, resulting in plasma filling the lungs up with fluid and you effectively drown in a way that makes pneumonia look fun. Western Hanta Virus "plague" is far more common than originally thought, and thousands of cases of "acute adult respiratory failure" that had gone undiagnosed for decades were later back-cased to it. The Hanta Virus is carried by almost all rodents, and DOES NOT require rat fleas as a transmission agent via bites-- you can inhale the spores from rodent dropping dust, which infects you and *bang* yer usually dead in about three days; it's like Captain Tripps, where one day you have the sniffles, and then it's all over the next day. Not totally unlike the speed of the kill from the 1918 flu O_O

Hanta is closely related to Asian hemorrhagic fever, which causes bigger holes in blood vessels, and usually takes out the kidneys first, so you die of renal failure before the lungs give out, pissing blood to your death,

Regular plague AKA Black Death at least still requires the flea as the carrier agent, so it's easier to prevent via rodent control, but Hanta can go airborn in particulates, and that scares the crap out of me.

The worst part? the healthier you are, the more likely it will kill you, because it's the immune response that does all the damage!

/Run awaaaaay!
 
2012-06-22 04:02:49 PM  
"The plague ??!!"

"Allll.......sudden-like."
 
2012-06-22 04:06:34 PM  

Jake Havechek: platedlizard: MaudlinMutantMollusk: GAT_00: Plague is a lot more common out West than you'd think.

This

/campgrounds being closed around Lake Tahoe is pretty common

Yep, you see warning signs all over the Southwest about not feeding the ground squirrels because they carry the plague. Of course people do it anyway.

Personally I'm not afraid of a disease that can be cured with antibiotics. We aren't living in the 14th century any more.

Antibiotics aren't always a miracle cure, viruses can easily mutate to beat them.


wat
 
2012-06-22 04:08:08 PM  
The only solution is to set the state on fire.
 
2012-06-22 04:08:31 PM  
So i'd like to know who thought to pick up a dead squirrel and take it for lab work...?
 
2012-06-22 04:09:07 PM  

thespindrifter: Wait wait-- which plague are we talking about here? the "good old fashioned" plague from Europe, or the cousin-virus out west that used to be called Four Corners Disease/Navajo Flu? Because Hanta Virus kills in a completely different way.

Old plague is the one that destroys the lymphatic system among other symptoms, whereas Hanta causes an immuno-reaction where the body kills itself, manufacturing antibodies that destroy the capillaries in the lungs, resulting in plasma filling the lungs up with fluid and you effectively drown in a way that makes pneumonia look fun. Western Hanta Virus "plague" is far more common than originally thought, and thousands of cases of "acute adult respiratory failure" that had gone undiagnosed for decades were later back-cased to it. The Hanta Virus is carried by almost all rodents, and DOES NOT require rat fleas as a transmission agent via bites-- you can inhale the spores from rodent dropping dust, which infects you and *bang* yer usually dead in about three days; it's like Captain Tripps, where one day you have the sniffles, and then it's all over the next day. Not totally unlike the speed of the kill from the 1918 flu O_O

Hanta is closely related to Asian hemorrhagic fever, which causes bigger holes in blood vessels, and usually takes out the kidneys first, so you die of renal failure before the lungs give out, pissing blood to your death,

Regular plague AKA Black Death at least still requires the flea as the carrier agent, so it's easier to prevent via rodent control, but Hanta can go airborn in particulates, and that scares the crap out of me.

The worst part? the healthier you are, the more likely it will kill you, because it's the immune response that does all the damage!

/Run awaaaaay!


The West has the bubonic plague as well. Which is a bacteria by the way, not a virus.

Just don't handle rodents, their fleas, or their poop and you'll be fine.
 
2012-06-22 04:13:26 PM  

Jake Havechek: Antibiotics aren't always a miracle cure, viruses can easily mutate to beat them.


Antibiotics are used against bacteria and other cellular pathogens. Antivirals are used against viruses. Plague is caused by a bacteria, not a virus.

However, you are correct in that bacteria can often mutate to develop resistance.
 
2012-06-22 04:14:47 PM  
This story is a year old

Posted: 06/04/2011 01:00:00 AM MDT
 
2012-06-22 05:10:34 PM  
Again?

Repeat from 2011*(x-1)
 
2012-06-22 06:05:26 PM  
I think my kid is depressed or something. S/he usually loves any information about diseases like the plague, but just told me s/he "doesn't feel like reading it." This behavior is seriously uncharacteristic for this kid. :(
 
2012-06-22 06:09:47 PM  

platedlizard: thespindrifter: Wait wait-- which plague are we talking about here? the "good old fashioned" plague from Europe, or the cousin-virus out west that used to be called Four Corners Disease/Navajo Flu? Because Hanta Virus kills in a completely different way.

Old plague is the one that destroys the lymphatic system among other symptoms, whereas Hanta causes an immuno-reaction where the body kills itself, manufacturing antibodies that destroy the capillaries in the lungs, resulting in plasma filling the lungs up with fluid and you effectively drown in a way that makes pneumonia look fun. Western Hanta Virus "plague" is far more common than originally thought, and thousands of cases of "acute adult respiratory failure" that had gone undiagnosed for decades were later back-cased to it. The Hanta Virus is carried by almost all rodents, and DOES NOT require rat fleas as a transmission agent via bites-- you can inhale the spores from rodent dropping dust, which infects you and *bang* yer usually dead in about three days; it's like Captain Tripps, where one day you have the sniffles, and then it's all over the next day. Not totally unlike the speed of the kill from the 1918 flu O_O

Hanta is closely related to Asian hemorrhagic fever, which causes bigger holes in blood vessels, and usually takes out the kidneys first, so you die of renal failure before the lungs give out, pissing blood to your death,

Regular plague AKA Black Death at least still requires the flea as the carrier agent, so it's easier to prevent via rodent control, but Hanta can go airborn in particulates, and that scares the crap out of me.

The worst part? the healthier you are, the more likely it will kill you, because it's the immune response that does all the damage!

/Run awaaaaay!

The West has the bubonic plague as well. Which is a bacteria by the way, not a virus.

Just don't handle rodents, their fleas, or their poop and you'll be fine.


But rodents are so darned cute. Maybe that's what the kid is a bit down about. Sibling has been at day camp for three weeks. S/he is tired of arguing with the dogs. S/he used to get the rat/s out and talk to them on a lazy afternoon like this, but our last rat died 6 to 8 weeks ago. It probably sounds cruel, but I've refused to let the kids get anymore. I had my husband move the cage to the garage. They are constantly sick and require never ending, expensive vet care and then they die anyway, but not before the children are completely attached to them. I think we all need a break from the rodent death cycle.
 
2012-06-22 06:58:18 PM  
Guards my desk at work

Link

Also have the common cold keychain and a friend got me some brain eating ameobas for my birthday :)
 
2012-06-22 07:57:58 PM  
Aha!
 
2012-06-22 09:15:29 PM  

ontariolightning: Before subbys submit stories why don't they read the story first instead of seeing THE PLAGUE and going OH MY GOD I BETTER SUBMIT THIS TO FARK UNDER A SCARY TAG CAUSE IT SAYS THE PLAGUE

its really common out in the plain states

I feel like I am losing brain cells reading these headlines


And it gets a green light...
 
2012-06-22 09:27:29 PM  
Everything I ever needed to know about the bubonic plague, I learned from reading Doomsday Book.

Fark bubonic plague.

/would like a retrieval team now please
//either kivrin or dunworthy, I'm not picky as long as the net gets open
///seriously no plague please
 
2012-06-23 10:45:37 AM  
It's a lot scarier than most of you imagine. Last fall they started building an apartment complex a block away from me. This upset the wildlife and now there about 5 times as many prarie dogs as usual in a vacant lot even closer to me. These things just don't die off overnite - the city is encroaching on their territory - the wildlife, including fleas has got to go somewhere.

It was really a holy-shiat moment when I saw how many there were in such a concentrated area about a month ago.

Awww, but the prarie dogs are so cute, amirite? No, I'm not right! They have fleas. Fleas carry the plague. This is why my cat is not an outdoor cat (as if the coyotes and foxes and hawks and eagles and cars and sadistic psychotic children weren't enough).

The city has staked out its territory. There are a few open spaces around my home but lets be realistic. Within 10 years it's gonna be concrete jungle up in my neighborhood. We should be allowed to just go outside and shoot those farking varmints for sport. Leave the dead bodies where they die - they will get eaten by something or other.

In 10-20 years Denver will still be a big city, but there will also be a Loveland-Fort Collins-Greeley Metroplex that is as big as Denver was 10 years ago.

The world ain't getting any smaller people. A few years after that Denver will just branch out to the point where there is no farmland between there ad here and Fort Collins will just be another suburb of Denver...Cheyenne might even encroach too, although I have no idea why anyone would want to move to Wyoming.
 
2012-06-23 05:59:48 PM  

CheekyMonkey: Damn, I hate when my pussy gets infected.


Mom?
 
2012-06-25 12:16:33 PM  

Happy Hours: although I have no idea why anyone would want to move to Wyoming.


Fun place to visit, but you're right - would be a hard place to live. Plenty of open spaces up there, but everyone has this odd way of walking - they all sorta lean forward for some reason.
 
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