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Tue Aug 18, 2020, 04:56 PM

California reports first human plague case in 5 years


By Rachael Rettner - Senior Writer 3 hours ago

The infected person is a resident of South Lake Tahoe.


A California resident has tested positive for plague, marking the state's first human case of the disease in five years, according to health officials.

The case was confirmed on Monday (Aug. 17) in a resident of South Lake Tahoe, according to a statement from the El Dorado County Department of Health and Human Services.

The individual is described as an "avid walker" who may have been bitten by an infected flea while walking their dog in the Tahoe Keys area or along the "Truckee River Corridor" north of Highway 50, the statement said.

"Plague is naturally present in many parts of California, including higher elevation areas of El Dorado County," Dr. Nancy Williams, the El Dorado County public health officer, said in the statement. "It's important that individuals take precautions for themselves and their pets when outdoors, especially while walking, hiking and/or camping in areas where wild rodents are present. Human cases of plague are extremely rare but can be very serious."

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https://www.livescience.com/california-plague-case-south-lake-tahoe.html?utm_source=notification

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Reply California reports first human plague case in 5 years (Original post)
Judi Lynn Aug 2020 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 2020 #1
Iliyah Aug 2020 #2
Wicked Blue Aug 2020 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 2020 #4
Wicked Blue Aug 2020 #5
The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 2020 #8
Wicked Blue Aug 2020 #12
AZ8theist Aug 2020 #11
Wicked Blue Aug 2020 #13
jeffreyi Aug 2020 #6
ALBliberal Aug 2020 #7
doc03 Aug 2020 #9
dhill926 Aug 2020 #10
Javaman Aug 2020 #14
Warpy Aug 2020 #15

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 04:59 PM

1. Just add it to the 2020 Sucks list

along with COVID, volcanoes, wildfires, murder hornets, locusts, and Trump.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 05:02 PM

2. And rabid republicans . . .

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 05:03 PM

3. and the weird thing with the Earth's magnetic field



Apocalypse? What apocalypse?

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 05:22 PM

4. Wait, WHAT??

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 05:41 PM

5. NASA scientists track slowly splitting "dent" in Earth's magnetic field

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 06:04 PM

8. Damn. Now all the magnets are going to fall off my fridge

or turn upside down or something.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 10:03 PM

12. And the magnets will get eaten by locusts

which will get stung by murder hornets

which will get infected with covid-19 and slowly spiral down into volcanoes.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 08:13 PM

11. yup..

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Response to AZ8theist (Reply #11)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 10:04 PM

13. Perfect!

Mrs. Teasdale and President Firefly

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 05:52 PM

6. Plague is endemic in lots of places.

Cute little chipmunks carry it, among other critters.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 06:00 PM

7. My daughters 29 year old friend died of the plague a few weeks ago infected on a ranch in N NM

Tragic.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 06:09 PM

9. Is that the plague we were vaccinated for in the

Army Plague 1 and Plague 2?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 06:26 PM

10. someone will be shouting Apocalypse Bingo! soon...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 10:53 AM

14. I disagree...

we've had a plague in the white house for the past 4 years.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 05:10 PM

15. Plague is endemic out west

and NM sees a human case nearly every year. The vectors are roaming dogs and cats who pick up fleas jumping off dead or dying rodents. Systemic flea treatments have helped a lot, but some people don't have the $$ to get them and that's where the transmission occurs. Plague gets bad very quickly, but people who get to the hospital when they're starting to feel extremely ill can be cured by old fashioned penicillin, it still works on Yersinia pestis.

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