The Plague Returns!

Man with bubonic plague.

Man with bubonic plague.

I thought that the plague had been eradicated in the Old World of Europe centuries ago. Shows how much I know – it’s back, in New Mexico of all places. Phillip Caulfield reports for the Daily News:

A 58-year-old man in New Mexico was recently treated for bubonic plague, the first case of the disease formerly known as “Black Death” to surface in 2011.

Health officials in Santa Fe said the unidentified man spent a week in the hospital after suffering high fever, intense pain in his stomach and groin and swollen lymph nodes.

He was treated and released, but officials would not say when.

The results of blood tests released Thursday confirmed the man had bubonic plague, officials said.

Doctors said the man was most likely bitten by a flea carrying the plague bacteria, the most common method of transmission to humans.

Rat-borne fleas can carry the bacterium, and humans can also catch the disease from contact with infected rodents or animals.

“He was probably bitten by a flea somewhere on his left leg,” Department of Health veterinarian Paul Ettestad told the Santa Fe New Mexican…

[continues in the Daily News]

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23 Comments on "The Plague Returns!"

  1. That’s a scary sign!

  2. That’s a scary sign!

    • Hadrian999 | May 11, 2011 at 11:39 am |

      it’s not a sign of anything except the ignorance of the public, the plague is rare but never went away, when i was stationed in colorado we were warned to avoid the prairie dogs because they were carriers. I’m not saying people are stupid but many diseases that people think were eradicated are still around just very rare.

  3. The plague never went away. Where I live in the mountains of Southern California the plague is endemic. A camp ground will be closed every few years after some dead squirrels are found or some catches the plague. Looks like it has spread over the entire southwest.

  4. The plague never went away. Where I live in the mountains of Southern California the plague is endemic. A camp ground will be closed every few years after some dead squirrels are found or some catches the plague. Looks like it has spread over the entire southwest.

    • It never went away here in New Mexico either. We usually have one or two cases every year. Does anyone rememember the lady who turned up in NY with it after the anthrax scare? The news freaked out about it but it turns out she had caught it here in NM on vacation.

  5. It never went away here in New Mexico either. We usually have one or two cases every year. Does anyone rememember the lady who turned up in NY with it after the anthrax scare? The news freaked out about it but it turns out she had caught it here in NM on vacation.

  6. Dan Patrick96 | May 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm |

    There called illegals.

  7. Dan Patrick96 | May 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm |

    Should be “they’re”. Total brain fart.

  8. Hadrian999 | May 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm |

    it’s not a sign of anything except the ignorance of the public, the plague is rare but never went away, when i was stationed in colorado we were warned to avoid the prairie dogs because they were carriers. I’m not saying people are stupid but many diseases that people think were eradicated are still around just very rare.

  9. Conniedobbs | May 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm |

    You also spelled “wetback” wrong.

  10. emperorreagan | May 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

    It might be a sign of expanding rodent populations!

  11. Anonymous | May 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm |

    How quickly we forget that epidemiologists have never been right about anything

  12. JoiquimCouteau | May 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm |

    How quickly we forget that epidemiologists have never been right about anything

  13. Dark Times | May 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm |

    It’s those darn witches! Last night, I went out in the forest and saw some women dancing around the fire. My modern brainwashed mind passed it off as just some gals having fun out in nature, but I was naive. Those women were WITCHES! All around the country, witches are going out in the woods and dancing around campfires, saying their demonic incantations, and bringing this curse upon us! WE must ge tback to being right with the ALMIGHTY GOD peoples!!!!

  14. Dark Times | May 12, 2011 at 8:24 am |

    It’s those darn witches! Last night, I went out in the forest and saw some women dancing around the fire. My modern brainwashed mind passed it off as just some gals having fun out in nature, but I was naive. Those women were WITCHES! All around the country, witches are going out in the woods and dancing around campfires, saying their demonic incantations, and bringing this curse upon us! WE must ge tback to being right with the ALMIGHTY GOD peoples!!!!

  15. Vladislaw Botulism | May 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm |

    This is good news! It means we’ll be repeating the cycle of massive depopulation that shifted the balance of power back to the working classes after the original plague (a la Watt Tyler)!

  16. Vladislaw Botulism | May 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm |

    This is good news! It means we’ll be repeating the cycle of massive depopulation that shifted the balance of power back to the working classes after the original plague (a la Watt Tyler)!

  17. according to CDC there were 8 cases of plague in the US in 2009 (last year that aggregated statistics are available) also the only diseases to ever be eradicated are smallpox and rinderpest

  18. according to CDC there were 8 cases of plague in the US in 2009 (last year that aggregated statistics are available) also the only diseases to ever be eradicated are smallpox and rinderpest

  19. Greengestalt | May 15, 2011 at 10:47 pm |

    Doubtless an illegal immigrant.  Wonder if his bedbugs carried it or it was just his fleas?

  20. Greengestalt | May 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm |

    Doubtless an illegal immigrant.  Wonder if his bedbugs carried it or it was just his fleas?

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