Tags: teen | plague | new mexico

Teen Plague: New Mexico Boy, 15, Contracts Bacterial Disease

Friday, 16 Aug 2013 02:47 PM

By Robin Farmer

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A New Mexico teen has contracted the plague, and he is the first reported case in the U.S. this year.

It is unclear how the 15-year-old boy, of Torrance County in central New Mexico, contracted the rare and potentially fatal bacterial disease. The teen has been in stable condition in the hospital, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

The plague is a bacterial disease found in rodents that is transmitted to humans through bites from infected fleas or through direct contact with infected animals.

Without immediate treatment, the disease could cause serious illness or death.

Health officials say they have been talking to neighbors of the teen about the case and how to protect themselves from it.

“Health care providers and others close to the patient may also have been exposed, and are assessed to determine if they need preventive treatment,” Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward said in a statement obtained by the LA Times.

The plague can be deadly, but antibiotics are usually effective in fighting the disease. Symptoms include fever, headaches, chills, and painfully swollen glands in the groin, armpit, or neck areas.

In July, a squirrel in a Los Angeles National Forest tested positive for the disease.

“Plague activity in New Mexico is usually highest during the summer months, so it is especially important now to take precautions to avoid rodents and their fleas, which can expose you to plague,” Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian for the health department told KOB-TV.

KOB-TV reported nine human plague cases since 2009, one of which was fatal.

In the last few decades, an average of seven human plague cases have been reported annually, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

The agency said the disease was first introduced to the U.S. in 1900 by rat-infested steamships that had sailed from affected areas, mostly from Asia. The last urban plague epidemic in the U.S. occurred in Los Angeles from 1924 through 1925.

SPECIAL: Stop Your Sugar Addiction With These 4 Tips

Related stories:

Bubonic Plague Dogs Cause 'Black Death' Scare in New Mexico

Squirrel Infected With Black Plague Closes LA Campground

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman: Ireland Court Rules Life Support Can End

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:53 PM

A pregnant woman in Ireland who is brain-dead will be taken off of life support after a court ruled that her 18-week-old . . .

Dustin Diamond Arrested for 'Reckless' Behavior in Bar Stabbing

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:13 PM

Actor Dustin Diamond - known as Screech on "Saved by the Bell" - was arrested in Wisconsin on Friday morning, charged wi . . .

Egypt Bans 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Due to 'Historical Inaccuracies'

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 15:48 PM

Egypt has banned Hollywood's latest biblical movie, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," because of "historical inaccuracies." . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved