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Bubonic Plague In New York~  
User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 879 times:

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/WABC_110602_nycplague.html

That's disturbing...just plain disturbing. How can this incident be isolated? And how did it get to New Mexico?

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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 829 times:

Single cases of bubonic plague show up on a fairly regular basis, usually in a dead animal sent for testing by wildlife officials. However two human cases in one place at one time are extremely rare.

Luckily, bubonic plague while nasty and painful can be treated quite effectively with a range of antibiotics including penicillin.

If the man who is in critical condition dies, it will most likely be because of brain damage from the high fever.

redngold



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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 815 times:

Ah, people worry too much. I work in New York, not that far from the hospital where the couple is being treated, and I'm not worried at all.
I'd say more, but it's getting painful to type ... danged swellings under my arms, and what a headache.



"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
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