The Plague is Spreading and It Barely Makes the News

A plague outbreak may not be as interesting as criminals such as Hillary Clinton, nor as intriguing as the FBI and DOJ ignoring Uranium One and our national security, but I think it definitely needs more attention.

Hello and thank you for stopping by…today, I am going to talk about recent outbreaks of the plague.

Madagascar (Credit: CIA)

Most people familiar with basic history are familiar with the disease – which is often referred to as the “Black Death”. A recent resurgence in places such as Madagascar bring up real concerns as the new strain of bacteria is quite resilient and can be spread more efficiently. The most well-known pandemics are attributed to transmission by fleas which fed off small rodents such as mice, squirrels and rats, then infected humans once there host was no longer viable – this form of the disease is commonly known as the Bubonic Plague. The plague that is spreading in Madagascar is a primarily the Pneumonic plague, which means it can be transmitted from person to person from bodily fluids, usually resulting from a person sneezing or coughing…so it is much easier to transmit among populations.

There are three main types of plague: Bubonic plague: This type of disease is primarily acquired and transmitted from flea bites – symptoms include: sudden onset of fever, headache, chills, and weakness along with swollen, tender and painful lymph nodes.  The bacteria multiply in the lymph node closest to where the bacteria entered the body and can spread throughout the body of not treated promptly.

Septicemic plague: This form of the disease results from flea bites (from infected fleas), or from infected animals – symptoms include: fever, chills, extreme weakness, abdominal pain, and shock (with possible bleeding into the skin and other organs). Skin and other tissues may turn black and die, especially on fingers, toes, and the nose. This form of the disease may develop at its onset, or may result from untreated bubonic plague.

Pneumonic plague: This form of the disease is the only form that can be transmitted from person to person, and usually results from “airborne” fluids which come about from coughing and sneezing – symptoms include: fever, headache, weakness, and rapidly developing pneumonia and shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, and sometimes bloody or watery mucous. This type of plague may also develop from untreated bubonic or septicemic plague after the bacteria spreads to the lungs, and the resulting pneumonia may cause respiratory failure and shock. This form is the most serious form of the disease.

*Note: More information can be found at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

From my research, it is also important to note that this disease is curable; however, earlier detection is paramount, as the host can die within 12-24 hours of infection.

The plague had a big impact on human history, and many of the details can be found on the CDC’s website – here is the link.

The most recent outbreaks and epidemics have been reported in India during the first half of the twentieth century…also in Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s. Most commonly, plague is found in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, which accounts for more than 95% of the reported cases.

From history, we know basic information…with the current situation worsening in Madagascar, it might possibly become something more notable than what the media is offering – politics tends to capture a larger audience, and there is no doubt that such corruption claims many innocent lives; however, there are immediate remedies for criminals…unless there is greater awareness, a major plague outbreak might go unchecked until it is spreading through all our neighborhoods.

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