Quantcast
Published On: Sat, Sep 12th, 2015

Michigan via Colorado: 14th plague case reported in US

Reminiscent of the human plague case in August in a Georgia patient who contracted bubonic plague while visiting California’s Yosemite National Park, local media in Chaffee County, CO report on a case in a visitor from Marquette, MI who contracted the dangerous bacterial disease while visiting the Salida area in Colorado.

Flea Image/CDC

Flea Image/CDC

This is the second case of human plague originating from the area this year, and the 14th human plague case of 2015 in the US.

According to the report, the patient has been identified as Alisha Plescher who was visiting family in Salida during the Gentlemen of the Road Music Festival in town on August 21st and 22nd.

Where she contracted the bacterium, Yersinia pestis, is believed to be while hiking in the Methodist Mountain Trail System.

She returned to Michigan a few days later to awake with high fever, was hospitalized demonstrating symptoms of plague. Confirmation was made based on a lymph node biopsy.

Plascher was treated and is currently experiencing a slow recovery at home.

This is the 14th human plague case this year–the other cases were reported from Arizona (two), California (one), Colorado (four), Georgia (one), New Mexico (three), Oregon (one) and Utah (one).

Four plague fatalities have been reported this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says an average of seven human plague cases have been reported in recent years. In 2014, 10 plague cases were reported. Since 2000, the most cases reported in a single year was 17 in 2006.

Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. It is found in animals throughout the world, most commonly rats but other rodents like ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, rabbits and voles. Fleas typically serve as the vector of plague. Human cases have been linked to the domestic cats and dogs that brought infected fleas into the house.

People can also get infected through direct contact with an infected animal, through inhalation and in the case of pneumonic plague, person to person.

Yersinia pestis is treatable with antibiotics if started early enough.

There are three forms of human plague; bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.

Bubonic plague is the most common form. In this form, the bacteria enter the body through the bite of an infected flea or rodent. Here the bacteria infect the lymphatic system. After a few days to week, the person will experience fever, chills, weakness, and swollen lymph glands. These are called buboes. Untreated bubonic plague is fatal about half the time.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

Follow @bactiman63

Related articles:

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter

* indicates required
/ ( mm / dd ) [ALL INFO CONFIDENTIAL]

About the Author

- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

Tags
Displaying 2 Comments
Have Your Say
  1. 1st ever plague case in Michigan: A follow-up report | Outbreak News Today says:

    […] a follow-up to as report Saturday on The Global Dispatch, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed a case of bubonic plague in a […]

  2. Michigan via Colorado: 14th plague case reported in US - InfoPult News says:

    […] Read more at The Global Dispatch Related News North Dakota reports 2nd animal anthrax case, this one in Kidder County North Dakota’s state veterinarian says the state’s second reported case of anthrax this year is a reminder to livestock producers to take action to protect their animals from the disease, … READ MORE Steve Case Celebrates US Entrepreneurs Alongside the White House There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur in America. After all, high growth companies now have the ability to start and scale just about anywhere thanks to … READ MORE Convict moved to NY prison to serve as witness in Patz case Authorities transported a creepy convicted child molester from a Pennsylvania prison to New York Tuesday to serve as a material witness for the defense in the Etan Patz murder case…. … READ MORE Prosecutor in Eric Garner case to run for Grimm congressional seat Staten Island DA Dan Donovan — the prosecutor in the Eric Garner case — was picked Saturday as the GOP nominee for the seat vacated by disgraced Rep. Michael Grimm…. … READ MORE Former Sampson aide gets 3 years in corruption case A former top aide to indicted state Sen. John Sampson was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for tax fraud and for conspiring with his former boss to steal… … READ MORE The Latest: No bond set for man detained in freeway case PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on a series of freeway shootings in the Phoenix area (all times local):12 p.m.A man questioned in a string of Phoenix freeway shootings is being … READ MORE Bill Clinton tied to sex offender in ‘sex slave’ case The billionaire sex offender accused of pimping out a teenage girl to Prince Andrew also kept former President Bill Clinton on speed dial — 21 of them, court documents show…. … READ MORE Judge: Woman charged in corpse-slashing case to stand trial TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman charged with slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend during a funeral viewing has been ordered to stand trial, a Tulsa judge ruled … READ MORE North Dakota reports 2nd animal anthrax case, this Steve Case Celebrates US Entrepreneurs Alongside the White Convict moved to NY prison to serve as Prosecutor in Eric Garner case to run for Former Sampson aide gets 3 years in corruption The Latest: No bond set for man detained Bill Clinton tied to sex offender in ‘sex Judge: Woman charged in corpse-slashing case to stand var hupso_services_c=new Array("twitter","facebook_like","facebook_send","google");var hupso_counters_lang = "en_GB";var hupso_image_folder_url = "";var hupso_url_c="";var hupso_title_c="Michigan via Colorado: 14th plague case reported in US"; […]

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter



Recent Posts

Categories

Archives

At the Movies


Pin It