Idaho child recovering from plague

Leslie Hanson
June 14, 2018

"The case serves as a reminder to recreationists in southern Idaho that plague is risky to people and pets, but with proper awareness, precautions, and prompt treatment when needed, plague should not discourage you from enjoying the Idaho outdoors".

Today, health officials in Elmore County, just east of the capital Boise, said the boy was diagnosed late last month.

The Idaho child is recovering after receiving treatment, according to the health department.

A child in Elmore County was confirmed to be infected with the plague this week, according to the Central District Health Department, marking the first human diagnosis in Idaho since 1992.

Evidently. It's unknown whether the child - whose identity was not disclosed - contracted the disease in Idaho or in or while on a recent vacation.

A state health official told the Idaho Statesman newspaper that the public is advised to "wear insect repellant, long trousers and socks when visiting plague affected areas".

The case serves as a reminder to recreationists in southern Idaho that plague is risky to people and pets, but with proper awareness, precautions, and prompt treatment when needed, plague should not discourage you from enjoying the Idaho outdoors.


Further, the Center for Disease Control noted other preventative measures include wearing gloves when handling animals that could be infected, and preventing pets from sleeping in the same bed as humans.

People can greatly reduce their risk of becoming infected with plague by taking simple precautions, including avoiding contact with wild rodents, their fleas, and rodent carcasses. Bubonic plague results in painfully swollen lymph nodes, while septicemic plague happens when the infection gets in the blood and causes skin and tissue to turn black and die.

Don't feed rodents in campgrounds, picnic areas, or near your home.

Keep your pets from roaming and hunting rodents.

Most of the time, people are exposed to plague when they or their pets go near wild or dead animals carrying fleas that are hosts to Yersinia pestis bacteria.

See your doctor about any unexplained illness involving a sudden and severe fever.

Talk to your veterinarian about using an appropriate flea control product on pets. Pneumonic plague includes shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and sometimes bloody mucous. Plague symptoms in cats and dogs are fever, lethargy and loss of appetite, with possible swelling in the lymph node under the jaw. Left untreated, people can still die from the plague. The Idaho Central District Health's statement said that since 1990, there have been two cases in Idaho and eight in Oregon.

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