10-Year-Old Dies from Complications Associated with Plague

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According to Colorado officials, a 10-year-old boy “died from causes associated with plague”.

Plague is a disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis that affects humans and other mammals. The bacteria are transferred to humans after being bitten by a rodent flea carrying the bacterium. It can even be caused by handling an animal infected with plague. It is a notorious illness for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. It killed tens of millions of Europeans, labelling it as the worst pandemic in human history. However, today, modern antibiotics have made treatment effective. The disease can cause serious illness or death without prompt treatment. The infections continue to occur in parts of Africa, Asia, and rural areas in the western United States.

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment stated that the death of the La Plata County resident was linked to plague, which was confirmed in animals and fleas in six Colorado counties.

“While it’s rare for people to contract plague, we want to make sure everyone knows the symptoms,” said Jennifer House, a deputy state epidemiologist and public health veterinarian.

She further noted that plague can be treated with antibiotics, given that it is caught early. And that people need to look out for signs of high fever or swollen lymph nodes. The disease is also referred to as the bubonic plague or Black Death, referring to lymph nodes buboes that become swollen and black after the bacteria enters the body.

House recommends that residents of Colorado should take safety measures to protect themselves from contracting the bacteria. This should include avoiding eye contact with the sick or dead animals, moreover, it is essential to stay out of areas where wild rodents live.

“Let a medical provider know if you think you have symptoms of plague or if you think you’ve been exposed,” House advised.

“Awareness and precautions can help prevent the disease in people,” she said.

Source: CNN

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Dr. Aiman Shahab is a dentist with a bachelor’s degree from Dow University of Health Sciences. She is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the health industry. Skilled in general dentistry, she is currently working as an associate dentist at a private dental clinic in Karachi, freelance content writer and as a part time science instructor with Little Medical School. She has also been an ambassador for PDC in the past from the year 2016 – 2018, and her responsibilities included acting as a representative and volunteer for PDC with an intention to make the dental community of Pakistan more connected and to work for benefiting the underprivileged. When she’s not working, you’ll either find her reading or aimlessly walking around for the sake of exploring. Her future plans include getting a master’s degree in maxillofacial and oral surgery, settled in a metropolitan city of North America.

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