Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Black Death!

A new case of bubonic plague has been reported in Los Angeles for the first time in 22 years.

Health officials said that the woman had likely been exposed to diseased fleas, and that animals in the areas surrounding the woman's home would be captured and tested for exposure.

"Fortunately, human plague infection is rare in urban environments, and this single case should not be a cause for alarm in the area where this occurred," said Los Angeles County health official Jonathan Feilding.

Plague symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, headache, sore throat, fatigue and swollen, tender lymph nodes associated with the arm or leg that has flea bites. The disease is treatable with antibiotics.

Nice to know that we still have the classics, huh?

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