May 9, 2011 |
Bubonic plague is alive and, if not thriving, at least maintaining a presence in the United States. Just ask the New Mexico man who's now earned the distinction of becoming the first human plague case of 2011. The 58-year-old Santa Fe County resident has been hospitalized and is recovering, say officials from the New Mexico Department of Health . The folks there are likely less rattled than folks in the eastern U.S. would be. New Mexico has seen 262 human cases of bubonic plague between 1949 and 2010.
January 25, 2011 |
Think twice about cuddling your furry friends in bed; otherwise, you could be exposed to a nasty disease. That’s the recommendation from a paper being published in next month's issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Pet ownership appears to have been on the rise in the U.S. over the last few decades, surveys show. Of an estimated 60 million pet dogs in the U.S., according to this study, an estimated 21% to 33% sleep on or in their owners' beds – and of 75 million cats, 60% curl up with their owners.
September 20, 2009 |
The University of Chicago Medical Center says the infection that killed a scientist may be connected to bacteria he researched that cause bubonic plague. The university said Saturday that its researcher studied the genetics of harmful bacteria including Yersinia pestis , which causes the illness. The researcher died Sept. 13. His name and age haven't been released. The medical center says the bacteria he worked with were a weakened strain that isn't known to cause illness in healthy adults.
August 31, 2008 |
In the summer of 1918, as tuberculosis, bubonic plague and a flu pandemic threatened America's newly crowded cities, the chemist Charles Holmes Herty took a walk through New York City with his colleague J.R. Bailey. Herty posed a question: Suppose Bailey discovered an exceptionally powerful medicine. What institution would allow him to take his breakthrough from lab experiment to widespread cure? Bailey replied, "I don't know." That alarming answer moved Herty to propose a visionary solution -- an institution that would encourage research and development throughout the country.
December 10, 2007 |
Each year in the western U.S., a handful of people come down with the plague, catching the ancient disease from animals (often rodents) that harbor the bacteria. A National Park Service employee recently died of the disease, and an Arizona woman became infected but survived. Today, such cases get little press. But in ancient times, the plague evoked intense fear, panic and chaos -- for good reason.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2006 |
A Los Angeles woman is being treated for bubonic plague, the first case of the age-old pestilence in the county since 1984, health officials announced Tuesday. The infected patient, whose identity was withheld, came down with symptoms last week and continues to be treated in a hospital for the disease, which is characterized by swollen, black lumps under the skin, officials said. She may have contracted the disease from fleas in the area around her Country Club Park neighborhood.