Unbelievably, an unnamed 16 year-old girl from Crook County, Oregon has been diagnosed with the Bubonic plague – also known as Black Death.
The Bubonic plague is known for causing the death of an estimated 50 million people during the 14th century, wiping out between 25% – 60% of the entire population of Europe, Asia and Africa.
Oregon public health veterinarian, Emilio DeBess, stated the following;
“Many people think of the plague as a disease of the past, but it’s still very much present in our environment, particularly among wildlife. Fortunately, plague remains a rare disease, but people need to take appropriate precautions with wildlife and their pets to keep it that way.”
After experiencing flu-like symptoms, death usually occurs within 10 days.
It is thought the girl may have picked up the plague in the “old-fashioned way”, after receiving a flea bite during a recent hunting trip.
Fortunately, the plague has not spread, although residents of western America are being warned to take caution in areas where the plague has been attained in recent history. Since 1995, there have been 8 human cases of the Bubonic plague in Oregon, none of which have resulted in death.
This is all down to the advancement of modern medicine, as the plague is now highly treatable with antibiotics.
However, the number of Bubonic plague cases in the US have increased, with 15 reported this year, four of them resulting in death.
Nonetheless, although she has been stationed in the local hospital’s ICU, doctors have claimed the girl will be okay and is expected to make a full recovery.