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(BBC)   Red Cross warns appearance of bubonic plague may require president Madagascar to SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 21
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2013-10-10 12:00:55 PM
Well, it looks like someone got the best starting position in Pandemic II.
 
2013-10-10 12:08:17 PM
I work in the same building as a lab that researches plague, so I'm getting a kick, etc

/dnrtfa
 
2013-10-10 12:20:12 PM
Bubonic Plague  is not really an issue in 1st world countries.

Except:

People who keep rodents as pets.
people who live near large rodent populations who let their dogs and cats out doors.
people of the previous two who live in hot humid climates.

People who use rodents as food, or hunt them for whatever other reason.
people whose job involves working with rodents.

people who allow themselves to be bitten by infected animals (or people).

Plague is only spread by 1 type of flea, particular to rodents.   neither the flea or the bacteria are able to survive long without a rodent host.   without some rodent host the fleas will die within a day, the bacteria will die within an hour at temperatures below 75 degrees F.   a high temperature and very high humidity can extend their life to several hours.  during the last day of life off of a rodent if the flea cannot find another rodent it will move to most any other mamal, but is so specifically designed for rodents it will not live long.

if you are bitten by one of these fleas the first thing it does is expell the plague bacteria into your system.  rodents can tollerate a very large population of this bacteria in their blood, perhaps a billion.   humans OTOH,   a very small number will cause an infection less than 10.
 
2013-10-10 12:25:33 PM
If only the sassy hippo had stayed.
 
2013-10-10 12:33:56 PM
Or maybe just treat everyone infected with antibiotics.
 
2013-10-10 12:48:35 PM
the president of
 
2013-10-10 12:58:34 PM
i3.kym-cdn.com

/Obligatory
//Only saw one mention to Pandemic.
 
2013-10-10 12:58:42 PM

StopDaddy: If only the sassy hippo had stayed.


the current anti-biotics used for bubonic plague  are 90-95% effective.  However bacteria do eventually become resistant.

for Pnuemonic plague and septicimic plague, not so much.

typically if you catch either Pnemonic or Septicimic plague once you show symptoms it is too late.
On the other hand, incidents of human to human transfer of the plague are less than 1 in 10,000 cases.  usually caused by infected blood.
 
2013-10-10 01:06:04 PM

pkrzycki: the president of


See

Caffienatedjedi: [i3.kym-cdn.com image 300x300]

/Obligatory
//Only saw one mention to Pandemic.


/thatsthejoke.jpg
 
2013-10-10 01:51:02 PM
CSB:  Been using a JPG of President Madagascar as my facebook profile pic for the past 10 days.
 
2013-10-10 02:02:09 PM
can someone please link to the meme that I'm missing.... I has a fail...
 
2013-10-10 02:14:54 PM

pkrzycki: can someone please link to the meme that I'm missing.... I has a fail...


Dude...the thread is 11 posts long, *including* yours. ONE of those 11 posts includes the GIF in question. Otherwise, your Google-fu is ridiculously weak.
 
2013-10-10 03:47:42 PM
Back in the 90's a hunter came out of the jungle in Madagascar and went to the local practicioner of traditional medicine (I assume homeopathy).  He had a large abcess on the inside of his leg at the groin.  think of a white head but 4" in diameter, 3" tall.   The doctor then bit into the abcess to draw out the fluid.  the hunter soon died as did the local practicioner.    their families then had a traditional funeral that involved all in attendance kissing the men on the lips.   When a doctor arrived he at once summoned a helicopter with the correct anti-biotic to stop the plague outbreak.  17 people died.
 
2013-10-10 04:30:09 PM

madgordy: people who allow themselves to be bitten by infected animals


Don't judge me.
 
2013-10-10 07:45:32 PM

BEER_ME_in_CT: Or maybe just treat everyone infected with antibiotics.


madgordy:   When a doctor arrived he at once summoned a helicopter with the correct anti-biotic to stop the plague outbreak.  17 people died.

Serious question from a non-medical guy. Do anti-biotics work on bubonic plague? I thought it was a virus, and anti-biotics were only for bacteria.
 
2013-10-10 08:29:33 PM
Madagascar is one of those countries that can screw up your whole game of Plague, Inc. Might as well start it there
 
2013-10-10 08:29:52 PM

Gortex: BEER_ME_in_CT: Or maybe just treat everyone infected with antibiotics.

madgordy:   When a doctor arrived he at once summoned a helicopter with the correct anti-biotic to stop the plague outbreak.  17 people died.

Serious question from a non-medical guy. Do anti-biotics work on bubonic plague? I thought it was a virus, and anti-biotics were only for bacteria.


Well, you are correct - except for thinking y. pestis is a virus.
 
2013-10-10 11:12:37 PM
I once won pandemic II without starting on Madigascar.

It was glorious
 
2013-10-10 11:51:22 PM
Oh no, I rarely have problems with Madagascar on Plague, Inc.

New Zealand, Canada and Sweden are my main culprits.

Madagascar is the least of my worries...
 
2013-10-11 08:15:48 AM

OceanVortex: I once won pandemic II without starting on Madigascar.

It was glorious


What difficulty?
 
2013-10-11 10:04:18 AM

Gortex: BEER_ME_in_CT: Or maybe just treat everyone infected with antibiotics.

madgordy:   When a doctor arrived he at once summoned a helicopter with the correct anti-biotic to stop the plague outbreak.  17 people died.

Serious question from a non-medical guy. Do anti-biotics work on bubonic plague? I thought it was a virus, and anti-biotics were only for bacteria.


Yes if treated early enough. Y Pestis is a bacteria. If you dont catch it quick enough, the body advanced to septic shock quickly. If you are lucky enough to have a well equipped hospital, you can still survive, maybe.
 
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