First confirmed case in five years of black plague in California

This Monday, the first case of black plague was confirmed in CaliforniaAccording to health officials with the El Dorado County Department of Health and Human Services (EDC), being the first in five years in this state.

The man who was affected was walking his dog, so it could have been infected in the Tahoe Keys area or along the “Truckee River Corridor.”

It should be noted that, the infection, although it can cause death, is relatively rare and not contagious. Detected early, it can be treated with common antibiotics. Symptoms include fever, nausea, weakness, and swollen and painful lymph nodes. Also, it is caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis, which is most often transmitted through fleas.

Therefore, Nancy Williams, public health official of El Dorado County, in statements collected by Science Alert states that “Bubonic plague is naturally present in many parts of California, as the highest elevation areas of El Dorado County. “

“It is important that individuals take precautions for themselves and their pets when they are outdoors., especially when walking, hiking, and / or camping in areas where there are wild rodents. Plague cases in humans are extremely rare but can be very serious, “he adds.

As for the confirmed patient, he is being cared for at home with the required medical attention.

Thus, in the U.S, occur, on average, about seven cases of plague each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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