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Plague

DESCRIPTION

Yersinia pestis bacteria transmitted by fleas and/or exposure to tissues or body fluids from diseased animals

LOCATION

Southwestern part of the United States

CAUSE

Acute disease from getting bitten by an infected flea

SYMPTOMS

High fever, headache, muscle aches, lethargySudden onset of fever and chills followed by swollen and painful lymph nodes in the armpits, groin and other areas two to six days following exposure.
Could also lead to primary plague pneumonia.

TREATMENT

Seek medical attention from a physician

PREVENTION

Spray skin with insect repellents
Treat field clothes with permethrin

OTHER FACTS

Animal hosts include prairie dogs, rabbits, hares, carnivores and wild ungulates
284 cases were reported between 1970–90, 50 percent of which were reported in New Mexico

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