Human Case Of Bubonic Plague

By | February 11, 2024 | 0 Comments Bubonic plague is enzo├Âtic (the equivalent of endemic among animals) in the Southwest U.S. Occasionally it spreads to humans where it can be as fatal as it was in the Middle Ages. Some time ago I saw a case presented at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. The man had gone camping and noted dead squirrels and other animals. He developed a fever and was dead within 24 hours despite antibiotics. Quite impressive. Homeless encampments are often overrun with rats. Yet if anyone mentions the possibility of disease, he is accused of racism and xenophobia, although rodentiphobia would be more accurate. Well, now we may be observing the results of our apathy and inaction. Stay tuned.

It’s similar to the crime problem. We can have sympathy for criminals or for their victims, but not for both. We can have sympathy for those who live in rat-infested encampments, or for potential victims of infectious diseases, but not for both. Like our Medieval ancestors, must we rely on feral cats? We surely can’t rely on our public-health or law-enforcement officials. To call them useless is an insult to useless people the world over.

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