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Colorado man diagnosed with rare form of plague

Colorado Man Diagnosed With Rare Form Of Plague

This might sound like the plot of a scary sci-fi thriller - but it's real.

A Colorado man caught the rarest and most fatal form of the plague and it can be spread in the air from coughing and sneezing.



It's called pneumonic plague and the last confirmed case was in 2004. According to the health department, 60 human cases have been identified in Colorado since 1957 - nine of those were fatal.

It's caused by the same bacteria as the bubonic plague but it targets the lungs.

The man has not been identified, but health officials believe he caught the infection from his dog, which died unexpectedly and also tested positive for lethal pathogen. Fortunately, they don't think the virus is out in the air putting others at risk.

The state's Department of Public Health and Environment's press release explains the man and his dog might have been exposed in Adams County, near Denver and anyone walking in open spaces and trails should avoid contact with rodents.

Officials are looking for people who may have had contact with the man so they can be treated with antibiotics.

Earlier this year, archaeologists in England uncovered bones from a cemetery for victims of the bubonic plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century.

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Danny July 14 2014 at 12:56 PM

How about all those illegals coming in? 'Bama just says, "Come on In. It doesn't matter if you infect America, I just need the votes.

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coopdabomb July 14 2014 at 1:28 PM

Get ready for this crap. Thanks to osama obama were going to see a lot more of this. They won't tell the American people where they take these illegals.

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Sandy July 14 2014 at 1:35 PM

Why do so many morons have to bring politics into a story like this? Do you political fools actually think that your immature, worthless, insulting comments are a positive reaction to something that has devastating potential to the people of the USA? I am so sick of you lame azz political trolls interfering with and redirecting every story in the news!!

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rthompson1329 July 14 2014 at 12:43 PM

And so it begins.......

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hellyon3too rthompson1329 July 14 2014 at 1:54 PM

Did a piece of the sky hit you on the head, Chicken Little?

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rohrscheibcroh hellyon3too July 14 2014 at 7:12 PM

look at the cases in the pat 2 years . now you tell me why there reappearing there are a few reason s

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annemcl hellyon3too July 14 2014 at 7:28 PM

Apparently to some the sky falls several times daily. If they bothered to do a little research they would know that the various types of plague most often occur in rural areas where there are wild rodent populations.

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wal5we July 14 2014 at 1:11 PM

"Avoid contact with rodents."....must mean republicons...LOL

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mahrmach July 14 2014 at 2:05 PM

This infection probably brought was here by one of obama's illegals he's dumping all over Americs!

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je colon July 14 2014 at 1:57 PM

Yeah...blame it on the dog. The dog who uses his tongue to take diseases off itself. The only way this guy would have gotten this from his dog is to not wash his hands or faces after his dog licked him. If it is the dog which I believe it was not. Right now, we have middle east scientist that are working in our country and we believe they would never spread airborn or plagues on this nation, Just like 9/11 we are going to learn the hard way. Just like the illegals that are coming in, we will learn when one of these people blow us up. Close the damn border, you idiots in the whitehouse.

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nobledestroiam July 14 2014 at 12:34 PM

ok, its airborne... yet no concern is needed... nice article.

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Kate nobledestroiam July 14 2014 at 1:46 PM

It is transmitted that way, but apart from people who may have had contact with this poor man, it doesn't mean it's spreading apace.

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dgosbee Kate July 14 2014 at 3:11 PM

It dosen't mean that it is not either. Adams county is a suburb of Denver, and this un-named man could have come into close contact with hundreds of people, if not thousands.

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hpycmpr155 July 14 2014 at 2:01 PM

Sorry about the dog....

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katrinabennet hpycmpr155 July 14 2014 at 6:22 PM

Yes, some animals are more humane than humans!

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ggena July 14 2014 at 4:44 PM

That's where a little education...or maybe a lot helps. This has nothing to do with politics, and nothing to do with Obama needing votes, which he doesn't. He's not running for president again because he can't. So, get rid of that very uneducated thought. It also has nothing to do with illegal immigrants. It has to do with rodents. There's a rodent-human connection. Simple isn't it, if you stop blaming everything on Obama? . Nothing to do with Obama, nothing to do with illegal immigrants. Do some of you Republicans undertand Lyme disease. Try and wrap you minds around cause and effect. Then check your google information. Then think about why you think that Obama will gain from Bubonic Plague, or any other plague? Then, following that logic, try and wonder why you blame everything on Obama?

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traceymarie624 ggena July 14 2014 at 5:51 PM

Great post but the inbred teahadist will not be capable of hearing the facts and truth

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