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Since April 2015, eleven cases of plague have been recorded in the U.S., and three peo­ple have died leav­ing the CDC no other recourse but to issue a warn­ing to alert doc­tors of poten­tial cases that may arise.

It is unclear why the num­ber of cases in 2015 is higher than usual,” the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion says. Many of the cases are occur­ring in rural and semi-​rural areas in the west­ern United States. The report lists two cases in Ari­zona, one in Cal­i­for­nia, four in Col­orado, one in Geor­gia, two in New Mex­ico and one in Ore­gon. The cases in Cal­i­for­nia and Geor­gia have been linked to areas in or near Yosemite National Park in the south­ern Sierra Nevada. Dr. Natalie Kwit of the CDC empha­sizes, “We don’t want peo­ple to panic but we do want them to be aware of the height­ened risk.”

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The CDC has recorded 1006 con­firmed or prob­a­ble human plague cases occurred in the United States between 1900 and 2012. Over 80% of United States plague cases have been the bubonic form. The plague is a rare and dan­ger­ous dis­ease caused by the bac­terium, Yersinia pestis and passed from humans by infected fleas and rodents typ­i­cally in the wild. Many may remem­ber how the Black Death killed around 3060 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion in Europe. These days, the bac­te­ria is typ­i­cally treated with antibi­otics. With many antibi­otic resis­tance strains of bac­te­rias occur­ring, this begs the ques­tion. Will this plague ram­pantly spread like it once did?

How to Pre­vent the Bubonic Plague

Although the gov­ern­ment is closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion, Cal­i­for­nia is actu­ally map­ping where the plague is occur­ring in the state. It is impor­tant to note that there is no vac­ci­na­tion of this ill­ness. In the past, many relied on four thieves oil to nat­u­rally pro­tect them from this dis­ease, how­ever pre­ven­tion is the best recourse.

Fol­low these tips from the CDC:

  1. Reduce rodent habi­tat around your home, work place, and recre­ational areas. Remove brush, rock piles, junk, clut­tered fire­wood, and pos­si­ble rodent food sup­plies, such as pet and wild ani­mal food. Make your home and out­build­ings rodent-​proof.
  2. Wear gloves if you are han­dling or skin­ning poten­tially infected ani­mals to pre­vent con­tact between your skin and the plague bac­te­ria. Con­tact your local health depart­ment if you have ques­tions about dis­posal of dead animals.
  3. Use repel­lent if you think you could be exposed to rodent fleas dur­ing activ­i­ties such as camp­ing, hik­ing, or work­ing out­doors. Prod­ucts con­tain­ing DEET can be applied to the skin as well as cloth­ing and prod­ucts con­tain­ing per­me­thrin can be applied to cloth­ing (always fol­low instruc­tions on the label).
  4. Keep fleas off of your pets by apply­ing flea con­trol prod­ucts. Ani­mals that roam freely are more likely to come in con­tact with plague infected ani­mals or fleas and could bring them into homes. If your pet becomes sick, seek care from a vet­eri­nar­ian as soon as possible.
  5. Do not allow dogs or cats that roam free in endemic areas to sleep on your bed.
  6. Remove garbage, clut­ter, brush and any­thing that could be a food source for rodents.

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