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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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