What Are Your Chances of Catching Bubonic Plague?
It's back, but should we panic like Europe in the 1300s?
A 7-year-old Colorado girl has been diagnosed with the Bubonic Plague, something most of us thought died with the renaissance.
She's recovering now, but the question remains: Could I catch it?
In short, no. Not as long as you stay away from dead animals. According to USA Today, the plague is transmitted when humans get bitten by fleas who have previously bitten an infected animal.
According to the World Health Organization, plague is spread from rodent-to-rodent by fleas.
So, in the off chance you think you might have plague, or if you just like going to the doctor to get checked for things, here are the symptoms:
- Buboes (tender, enlarged lymph nodes under the armpits, in the neck, or in the groin)
- Abdominal pain
- Bloody stool
- Decreased appetite
- Tiny broken blood vessels.
Patch asks: Did you know the plague was still around?