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(ABC Local)   Bubonic Plague discovered in California. Symptoms include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and the urge to be hurled over the wall of a medieval Russian city   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 61
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2012-10-10 10:50:46 AM
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2012-10-10 11:03:26 AM
Smithers, give him the plague. 

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2012-10-10 11:08:15 AM

Cythraul: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 800x441]


Came here for this. Now I think I'll go for a walk.
 
2012-10-10 11:13:18 AM
Ground Squirrels?

(checks article...)
 
2012-10-10 11:14:06 AM
Yep.

This is so very much not news.
 
2012-10-10 11:29:11 AM
Luckily this is Fark, because that is definitely not news.
 
2012-10-10 11:44:02 AM
I live in Colorado and frequently vacation in New Mexico, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2012-10-10 12:07:52 PM
Prevention is the key - check your bubons!
 
2012-10-10 12:13:03 PM
And since it's easily treatable with antibiotics, it's only a problem if it's not diagnosed quickly.
 
2012-10-10 12:13:06 PM
FTA: Riverside County officials said it was the first test of an animal in the county that showed signs of the plague in nearly a decade.

Isn't it just "Plague?" As in: "He was diagnosed with Plague."

One isn't diagnosed with "the cholera" or "the typhoid" or "the influenza."
 
2012-10-10 12:13:21 PM
You should all thank Obama and his socialized medicine for this.
 
2012-10-10 12:14:34 PM
Bring out your dead!
 
2012-10-10 12:14:46 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

The plague? That's just a cold, it's nothing.
 
2012-10-10 12:14:47 PM
"Health officials advise anyone with symptoms or who has been in a known plague area to contact their doctor immediately."

I was in Jersey recently, I'm calling right now.
 
2012-10-10 12:14:48 PM
malialitman.files.wordpress.com

/run away!
 
2012-10-10 12:16:58 PM
Attention all personnel. The black death is coming, the black death is coming! The great pestilence is finally upon us. Repent! Repent!!

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/I'll bet your lymph nodes are as big as cats!
 
2012-10-10 12:23:48 PM
As a native Californian, I'd have to say that this probably explains a lot...
 
2012-10-10 12:26:16 PM
I'm ok with this.
 
2012-10-10 12:26:37 PM
I've had worse.
 
2012-10-10 12:29:11 PM

Litig8r: FTA: Riverside County officials said it was the first test of an animal in the county that showed signs of the plague in nearly a decade.

Isn't it just "Plague?" As in: "He was diagnosed with Plague."

One isn't diagnosed with "the cholera" or "the typhoid" or "the influenza."


There are different kinds of plague (Bubonic, Neumonic, etc). Bubonic is the king daddy of plagues, so it's taken to being called The plague.
 
2012-10-10 12:31:10 PM
my-hit.ru

Does not approve of this headline.
 
2012-10-10 12:36:41 PM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: There are different kinds of plague (Bubonic, Neumonic, etc). Bubonic is the king daddy of plagues, so it's taken to being called The plague.


We use the indefinite article "the" plague. Never "your" plague.
 
2012-10-10 12:37:42 PM
The bubonic plague is all over the American Southwest. It probably came to the US in 1866 from China to the West Coast.
 
2012-10-10 12:38:03 PM
This is news? Plague has always been here. It hit Chinatown a few times back in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
2012-10-10 12:38:39 PM

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: The bubonic plague is all over the American Southwest. It probably came to the US in 1866 from China to the West Coast.


And it's treatable, even the pneumonic variety
 
2012-10-10 12:39:30 PM
I thought I read somewhere that herpes was actually a mutation that made people immune to the plague, if so about 85% of Cali should disregard...
 
2012-10-10 12:41:43 PM
If this hit those states and areas with rattle snake round-ups, shiat going to hit the fan
 
2012-10-10 12:42:17 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: The bubonic plague is all over the American Southwest. It probably came to the US in 1866 from China to the West Coast.

And it's treatable, even the pneumonic variety


Not really. If it goes 24 hours before treatment, you're dead. Even for bubonic plague there's a 13% mortality rate with treatment. Yersinia pestis is a nasty critter.
 
2012-10-10 12:47:49 PM
CDC Fark Info Sheet - Yersina pestis, the Plague, the Black Death, Bubonic, Pneumonic Plague

What it is
A parasitic organism borne by the fleas of rats and other animals, unless of course it was all a mistake.

Symptoms
Swelling of the lymph nodes, causing the caracteristic lumps which gives the Bubonic plague its name; death; completely different symptoms. Some patients may claim not to be dead. They are in denial. Knock them over the head. It must be true that Germans have absolutely no sense of irony or humour.

Public security
The plague can be prevented by education, animal control and the building of massive expensive military bases to squash the wildlife and locals. Of course, the building of massive public works prorojects is impossible on Indian reservations, so stay away from brownish people with long dark greasy hair. An exception may be made for Alice Cooper, as it is well known that he eats rats for breakfast.



Epidemilogy
Endemic in many areas, the plague is borne by the fleas of rats, mice, cats, dogs, ground squirrels, moo-moos, moose, gnus, ducks, geese, trees ... and especially rabbits.

Treatment
It is now known that plagues are often preceded by earthquakes, which disturb the rat populations, and by famines, especially when rat populations explode during years when the bamboo flowers and bear fruit in India or China.

Since earthquakes are caused by homosexuality, Jews, unfaithfulness to God, heatheness, and anything that annoys Pat Robertson, such as zombie devil worship in Haiti, the medieval doctors weren't far off in in prescribing a good auto-da-fé burning the Jews, heretics, witches, wild women, cats, etc., in order to curry favour with God and other bullies of that ilk.

Antibiotics are also good if fire permits can not be obtained from the Fire Marshall.

Public Advisory
The public is advised to panic. Panic in the Streets (1950). B&W. A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague. Director: Elia Kazan. Writers: Richard Murphy (screenplay), Daniel Fuchs (adaptation). This is the model for every subsequent plague movie, except for French adapatations of The Plague (La Peste) by Albert Camus.

The plague in Camus' La Peste is a metaphor for Naziism and collaboration during the war. The existentialist philosopher and writer, through his mouth piece, the hero of the story, tells us that you are either a victim (victime), a doctor (médicin) or an executioner (bourreau), and that even though there is no God or purpose to life, you should choose to be a doctor rather than a victim or an executioner.

Compare the themes of this novel with Ionesco's wartime play Rhinocéros. How bloody stupid where the Nazis not to realize that they were being mocked?
 
2012-10-10 12:49:10 PM

ricewater_stool: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: The bubonic plague is all over the American Southwest. It probably came to the US in 1866 from China to the West Coast.

And it's treatable, even the pneumonic variety

Not really. If it goes 24 hours before treatment, you're dead. Even for bubonic plague there's a 13% mortality rate with treatment. Yersinia pestis is a nasty critter.


Well obviously if you don't treat it you will die after a short period of time. But it's treatable. Even the pneumonic variety.
 
2012-10-10 12:49:37 PM
Crap. Made a mish-mash out of that. Whole paragraphs and sentences are out of place.

Fun activity: try to figure out which sentences and paragraphs have been mislaid and put them back in the right place. Did it make the post any funnier?

I was afraid of that.
 
2012-10-10 12:56:58 PM
The good news is all those bacteria will be registered to vote in time for November.
 
2012-10-10 01:05:10 PM

CornerPocket: The good news is all those bacteria will be registered to vote in time for November.


Wow, add a few billion bacteria to the voting population, and there will be 99.9999999% parasites. You know, instead of the 47% parasites there are now. Lazy goddamn active combat zone military...
 
2012-10-10 01:26:32 PM
Sure, infecting wealthy countries is easy, but you have to spend your DNA points carefully so your Plague isn't noticed until you can ramp up the symptoms and overwhelm the cure effort.
 
2012-10-10 01:32:10 PM
303magazine.com

I heard that you were feeling ill
Headache, fever and a chill...
 
2012-10-10 01:32:26 PM
What shall we do with the drunken whaler,
what shall we do with the drunken whaler,
what shall we do with the drunken whaler early in the morning?

/better not be obscure.
//or Dishonorable.
 
2012-10-10 01:37:07 PM
was found with fleas carrying bacteria that can causeBubonic plague

So, actually it's not even the plague. But go ahead and be hysterical because it "could be."

Stupid "news" people...
 
2012-10-10 01:47:00 PM
In other news, this Southern California man tested positive for the Bubonic Chronic:

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2012-10-10 02:06:38 PM
I thought Georgia (the country, not the state) already has the cure for y. pestis?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I could have sworn that virus phages (more importantly bacteriophages) have been found that can cure at least the buobonic version of this?

Come on, I know there are medical farkers here - enlighten me.
 
2012-10-10 02:12:14 PM

Litig8r: FTA: Riverside County officials said it was the first test of an animal in the county that showed signs of the plague in nearly a decade.

Isn't it just "Plague?" As in: "He was diagnosed with Plague."

One isn't diagnosed with "the cholera" or "the typhoid" or "the influenza."


Until you hit about 60 or so, then you start getting all manner of afflictions like "the rheumatism" and "the diabeetus".
 
2012-10-10 02:17:39 PM

Litig8r: FTA: Riverside County officials said it was the first test of an animal in the county that showed signs of the plague in nearly a decade.

Isn't it just "Plague?" As in: "He was diagnosed with Plague."

One isn't diagnosed with "the cholera" or "the typhoid" or "the influenza."


I think it's like "calculus" where, formally, it's "the calculus", that is, the method of doing... whatever you want to do with that kind of math (I just look at the area under curves, I don't need to calculate them!), but everyone drops the article in casual speech. So,in effect, "the plague" is the bubonic plague, but you could have a generic, other plague, without the "the", but if you just say "plague" everyone figures you mean this kind.

/Or I'm just a stupid liberal arts type
 
2012-10-10 02:27:28 PM

PhoenixInFlames: I thought Georgia (the country, not the state) already has the cure for y. pestis?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I could have sworn that virus phages (more importantly bacteriophages) have been found that can cure at least the buobonic version of this?

Come on, I know there are medical farkers here - enlighten me.


Phage therapy is possible in theory but I don't know of any existing in actuality (as in an approved therapy for something). No doubt that phages that infect y pestis exist, but making it work inside a person could be difficult.
 
2012-10-10 02:39:59 PM

ecor1: PhoenixInFlames: I thought Georgia (the country, not the state) already has the cure for y. pestis?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I could have sworn that virus phages (more importantly bacteriophages) have been found that can cure at least the buobonic version of this?

Come on, I know there are medical farkers here - enlighten me.

Phage therapy is possible in theory but I don't know of any existing in actuality (as in an approved therapy for something). No doubt that phages that infect y pestis exist, but making it work inside a person could be difficult.


Look to Georgia (again, the country) There's a lab that's been studying them and essentially stockpiling them for decades. They're the ones that have y. pestis' nemesis in their arsenal.

Phage therapy isn't approved in the United states because it would require research - research no pharmacutical company wants to invest in because how do you patent a virus? There's no money in it. Yet cures for a good number of bacterial infections already exist (y. pestis, cholera, etc...) - you just have to give this lab in Georgia a good chunk of change, fly out there, and be treated. There was a doctor who injected the bacteriophage for y. pestis into the boubos of an infected person (just one instance, but yes, it happened) and found the man to be perfectly healthy in a reasonably short amount of time (I'm tempted to say 24 hours, but my memory on this story might be slightly faulty). I'll look it up for you if you'd like.

It's a shame - bacteriophages are incredibly interesting, and could be our salvation when it comes to a good number of nasty bacteria out there.

For the record, the bacteriophage for lysteria has already been patented and is currently in use in the United States to prevent food poisoning - you likely injest it a few times a day. Fun fact.
 
2012-10-10 02:43:53 PM
Bugger- I've fed something like three consecutive generations of ground squirrels from the original female who started hitting my balcony feeder. The later generations won't even touch the feeder at first, but will sit on the railing and shout squirrel-y bad language at the windows until I come out and hand-feed them, at which point they will then condescend to eat the rest.

Gets pretty funny when the squirrels, crows and scrub jays get into very loud, noisy arguments over who gets first crack at the Food Goddess. Most of the neighbors think it's highly amusing if a bit weird, but there have been a few who were genuinely creeped out by the way I talk to animals- and they talk back.

Ah well, just whack me over the head and haul me off when the dead cart comes 'round...
 
IP
2012-10-10 02:44:48 PM

Cythraul: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 800x441]


Came for this. Didn't even have to scroll. Well done.
 
2012-10-10 02:53:25 PM

ecor1: PhoenixInFlames: I thought Georgia (the country, not the state) already has the cure for y. pestis?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I could have sworn that virus phages (more importantly bacteriophages) have been found that can cure at least the buobonic version of this?

Come on, I know there are medical farkers here - enlighten me.

Phage therapy is possible in theory but I don't know of any existing in actuality (as in an approved therapy for something). No doubt that phages that infect y pestis exist, but making it work inside a person could be difficult.


http://jmm.sgmjournals.org/content/55/11/1461.full Scroll down to "Phage Therapy" for the details on that particular treatment. YAY PHAGES!
 
2012-10-10 02:56:39 PM
I'm selling possies if anyone is interested.
 
2012-10-10 03:23:15 PM
I am ever so slightly disappointed that the headline did not read "This just in fleas carry plague."
 
2012-10-10 04:08:40 PM

PhoenixInFlames: Phage therapy isn't approved in the United states because it would require research - research no pharmacutical company wants to invest in because how do you patent a virus?

For the record, the bacteriophage for lysteria has already been patented and is currently in use in the United States


Dude, if you're going to say that nobody would ever do something, you can't end your comment by saying that someone is doing it.
 
2012-10-10 04:19:41 PM
Ah, the yearly plague-bearing squirrel found in a Bay Area park story. God, I miss living in California. And this time of year, I miss their crazy-ass ballot initiatives. Someone should totally have jumped on "The Horsemeat Initiative" as a band name while it was still fresh, but that was years ago now.
 
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