BLACK DEATH: Squirrel Infects 7 Yr Old CO Girl With Bubonic Plague
Once called the Black Death, Bubonic Plague killed 25 million plus Europeans more than 500 years ago. Now it is back in the US.
A 7-year-old girl from Colorado was rushed to critical care with a fever of 107 only to be diagnosed with a Black Death infection caught while burying a dead squirrel.
The Intel Hub reported earlier on the now confirmed rumor earlier.
Once called the Black Death, the Bubonic Plague killed 25 million plus Europeans more than 500 years ago and it now seems that it has come back.
A 7-year-old girl from Colorado was rushed to critical care with a fever of 107. In the beginning doctors were unable to figure out what was going on with the child.
Fortunately, a life saving doctor did some digging and realized that what this girl had was similar to the symptoms of patients who have died from Bubonic Plague.
The child is now recovering.
Still, I have to wonder. Is this a possible tool of the eugenicists? Think about it, an infectious disease that killed one-third of Europe’s population in the 14th century, sounds like a great means of depopulating the current useless-eaters.
Yes today we can treat it, but are we prepared to treat a large influx of it?
“In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.”
-Eugenicist Prince Philip
AP – Officials say a 7-year-old Colorado girl diagnosed with bubonic plague has been moved out of intensive care and is recovering. Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children says Sierra Jane Downing is in good condition. (Sept. 5)
Choice YouTube comments:
Who the fuck would touch a half-eaten squirrel?
Bury a dead squirrel? Who the Fuck raised this kid? Tree hugging weirdos
He deserves father of the year. he’s lived there his whole life, but never thought the disease could be contracted?
More from the Wichita Eagle:
7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague
Jack Dempsey/AP Photo: Seven-year-old Sierra Jane Downing from Pagosa Springs, Colo., looks on while surrounded by the medical staff and parents Sean and Darcy Downing during a news conference talking about her recovery from Bubonic Plague at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Denver. It is believed Downing caught the Bubonic Plague from burying a dead squirrel.
The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado.
It wasn’t until she had a seizure that her father knew something was seriously wrong and rushed her to a hospital in their town of Pagosa Springs. She had a 107-degree fever, and doctors were baffled by the cause.
“I didn’t know what was going on. I just reacted,” Sean Downing said. “I thought she died.”
The Downings eventually learned their daughter was ill with one of the last things they would’ve thought: bubonic plague, a disease that wiped out one-third of Europe in the 14th century but is now exceedingly rare – it hasn’t been confirmed in Colorado since 2006 – and treatable if caught early.
Plague is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas but also can be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, rabbits and pets.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged that a series of frightening illnesses linked to insects and pests have been surfacing lately across the country, including mosquito-borne West Nile virus outbreaks in Texas and other states, deadly hantavirus cases linked to Yosemite National Park, and some scattered plague cases.
There, a pediatric doctor at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children racing to save Sierra Jane’s life got the first inkling that she had bubonic plague. Dr. Jennifer Snow suspected the disease based on the girl’s symptoms, a history of where she’d been, and an online journal’s article on a teen with similar symptoms.
It was the first bubonic plague case Snow and her colleagues had seen.
It’s not clear why Colorado hasn’t seen another human case until now, state public health veterinarian Elisabeth Lawaczeck said.
By the night of Aug. 25, Sierra Jane’s heart rate was high, her blood pressure was low, and a swollen lymph node in her left groin was so painful it hurt to undergo the ultrasound that detected the enlarged node, Snow said.
Darcy Downing said her daughter may have been infected by insects near a dead squirrel she wanted to bury at their campground on U.S. Forest Service land, even though Darcy had warned her daughter to leave it alone. She remembered catching her daughter near the squirrel with her sweat shirt on the ground. Her daughter later had the shirt tied around her torso, where doctors spotted insect bites.The bubonic plague, or Black Death, killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe in the Middle Ages. Today, it can be treated with antibiotics, but it’s important to catch it early.
“If she had stayed home, she could’ve easily died within 24 to 48 hours from the shock of infection,” Snow said.
Source: Wichita Eagle