U.S. Gets Its First Plague Case of the Year

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An unnamed man in New Mexico has the dubious honor of being the first in the U.S. to be diagnosed with bubonic plague, a/k/a, "the Black Death," this year. Of all the luck! Via NPR, the man, 58, was hospitalized for a week after showing up at a New Mexico emergency room with a high fever and lower abdomen and groin pain. In related news, bubonic plague still exists: Avoid fleas and rock squirrels of the West, as well as prairie dogs and rats, all of which have been known to pass plague to humans. The good news is, the man is doing fine now.

Between 10 and 20 human cases of plague are reported in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 1 in 7 cases is fatal, but all are likely to diminish your popularity for a bit.

Plague Infects New Mexico Man [NPR]

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The first condition of bubonic plague in 2011 has been confirmed; a male in New Mexico has caught one of the deadliest diseases in human history. The Black Plague, a flea-borne disease, has never gone completely away and people in some remote areas are at some risk for catching it. The United States is home to about a dozen cases per year, of the thousands that are recorded annually. If you thought getting a personal unsecured loan for medical bills was bad, just wait until you get the plague. 

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