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Bubonic Plague found in Woman from Los Angeles

April 19th, 2006

Bubonic Plague found in Woman from Los Angeles

Painting of Bubonic Plague in Europe

The Bubonic Plague infected a woman from central Los Angeles area.  According to local health officials this is the first case of bubonic plague in Los Angeles County since 1984.  Bubonic Plague is well known for causing killing approximately 25 million people in Europe from 1346 1351.

The woman was first admitted to the hospital on April 13th.  She was running fever and had swollen lymph nodes along with other symptoms.  A blood test confirmed the diagnosis of Bubonic plague and was given antibiotics.  The family members were given precautionary antibiotics just in case they may get the plague.

According to local report on ABC 7 Los Angeles TV station, the health officials are puzzled as to why the lady got infected with the plaque.  The health officials suspect that a squirrel in the neighborhood could be contaminated.  She may have been bitten by a flea that was carrying the Bubonic plague.


Bubonic plague is not contagious.  If it is not treated it could change to a contagious pneumonic plague.  There have been problems in Tehachapi and surrounding areas north beyond the immediate Los Angeles area with squirrels that are carrying the bubonic plague.  The most common cases of Bubonic plague today are found in rural areas with only 10 20 Americans that will get infected in a year.

If you live where there are an excessive amounts of rodents and the fleas are coming out this time of year, make sure to treat your homes, and pets for fleas.  Since fleas are the most likely way a person would become infected.

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