The Central District Health Department has confirmed that a case of the plague was registered in a kid in Idaho, the United States. Fortunately, the kid responded well to treatment and is now out of any danger. However, the officials don’t yet know if the kid contracted the disease in Idaho or in Oregon where the young fellow went recently on a trip.
In fact, every single year, the authorities register several plague cases across the United States.
The plague is caused by a bacteria, the Yersinia Pestis, which is carried by rodent animals. Therefore, the majority of plague cases occur in rural areas, especially in rural West and Southwest.
As for plague cases in Idaho, there have been only two confirmed plague cases since 1990. On the other hand, in Oregon, eight such cases were recorded in the last 30 years.
The plague has surfaced in Idaho – Is there any reason to worry?
This news is not good, but it’s not something to worry much because the plague, even though it may still be fatal, is treatable by the modern medicine.
Actually, the US health officials reported that there are approximately seven plague cases in the US, annually, the majority of which are caused by rodents and flea bites or direct contact with infected animals.
Also, the health officials tackle any plague case promptly. Every time a person is confirmed with plague, the authorities are trying to sustain the disease propagation by diagnosing any individual who came in contact with the infected person.
The deadliest plague outbreak happened in the 1400s when more than 50 million people died, as reported by the WHO. On the other hand, between 2010 and 2015, the plague caused about 600 deaths, the majority occurring in poorly developed countries where hygiene and access to medications such antibiotics are poor.