Bubonic plague alert: The killer disease has been discovered in the United States, prompting a warning.
The BUBONIC PLAGUE has been discovered in the United States, prompting a warning to California residents.
A chipmunk carcass was collected at a Lake Tahoe tourist center on July 18, according to Carla Hass of El Dorado Vector Control. A chipmunk in Lake Tahoe, California, was found to have bubonic plague, according to laboratory tests. The Taylor Creek Visitor Centre and Kiva Beach near Lake Tahoe were forced to close as a result of the discovery.
“On the county’s advice, the Forest Service issued the closures, which are in effect until Friday,” Ms Hass said.
The US Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit issued a warning, saying, “We all need to be cautious with animals that potentially carry it.”
During the Middle Ages, the bubonic plague was a highly infectious bacterium that killed millions of people in Europe and Asia during a pandemic known as the Black Death.
Authorities have stated that finding bubonic plague bacteria in California rodents is not uncommon.
The disease is frequent among rats in the higher-elevation mountainous parts of El Dorado County, California, according to the researchers.
It is the fleas that reside on the rodents’ fur that carry the sickness.
Fleas should be killed using chemical sprays, according to US regulators.
People who visit locations where active plague has been identified should stay on trails and keep their pets away from rodents, according to Lisa Herron, a representative for the Forest Service at Lake Tahoe.
“If you must bring your pet, keep them on a short leash,” she advised.
“Don’t let them inspect rodent holes, either.”
High fever, chills, nausea, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin are early signs of bubonic plague infection.
These swollen lymph nodes might rupture and cause “buboes,” which are black lesions on the skin.
The bubonic plague kills 30 to 90 percent of individuals who are infected if they are not treated.
However, with therapy, the chance of dying is reduced to roughly 10%.