The bubonic plague and fleas…

What does bubonic plague have to do with pest control? Usually, you contract bubonic plague from a flea bite. Bubonic plague is a rare but serious bacterial infection that’s transmitted by fleas. In fact, it is one of three types of bacterial infection caused by Yersinia pestis. Most people have heard of “The Black Death” during the middle ages which spread through Europe. The Black death was actually the Bubonic plague.

The bubonic plauge is still around today but to a lesser extent. Recently, a girl from Oregon interacted the disease. It is believed that she contracted it while outdoors hunting in the woods as the result of a flea bite. She is one of sixteen victims of the disease this year (2015) in the United States. That’s six more reported cases from last year. The disease has steadily been on the rise since 2010. The raw statistics look like this:

2010: 2 cases

2011: 3 cases

2012: 4 cases

2013: 4 cases

2014: 10 cases

2015 16 cases (thus far)

What are the symptoms of the bubonic plauge?

Within three to seven days of exposure to the plague bacteria you will develop flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include fever, headache, chills, weakness, and swollen, tender lymph glands. Bubonic plague is rarely spread from person to person. The bubonic plauge gets it’s name from the swollen lymph nodes called buboes – hence the name bubonic.

Luckily, bubonic plague is treatable when caught early on. Several kinds of antibiotics are found to be effective in treating the deadly disease. Those who are infected (or thought to be infected) with the plague must seek medical treatment immediately. To prevent death, the victim should be given antibiotics within 24 hours of the first symptoms of the illness.

The bubonic plague and fleas...