Officials confirm Idaho’s first human plague case since 1992

Officials confirm Idaho’s first human plague case since 1992

Officials confirm Idaho’s first human plague case since 1992

Health officials in Idaho announced on Tuesday that a child, whose age and gender has not been released, is recovering after contracting the bubonic plague, the state's first reported case of the illness in 26 years, according to USA Today.

The boy, a resident of Elmore County, is now recovering.

Myron said human plague cases in the state are rare, with the most recent cases reported in 1991 and 1992.

A boy in Idaho is recovering after being diagnosed with the plague, health officials have revealed.

It is not known how the child contracted the disease, though it is believed that he or she contracted it either in his/her home city in Elmore County or while on a recent trip to Oregon.

In a press release, the Health Department said that "Plague has historically been found in wildlife in both states", and that "since 1990, eight human cases were confirmed in OR and two were confirmed in Idaho".

About seven people in the United States are infected every year, usually after being bitten by a flea or infected animal, according to the CDC. It can also be spread through the air from infected humans or animals and can be fatal. No one should feed rodents in parks and picnic or campground areas, and people should never handle sick or dead rodents.

Keep your pets from roaming and hunting voles or other rodents.

Symptoms can include fever, chills, headaches and weakness.

According to health officials, plague in humans is rare and is spread through a bite from an infected flea.

See your doctor about any unexplained illness involving a sudden and severe fever. Sick pets should be examined promptly by a veterinarian, especially if they may have had contact with sick or dead rodents.

Talk to your veterinarian about using an appropriate flea control product on pets as not all products are safe for cats, dogs or children.

Put hay, wood and compost piles as far as possible from your home.

Don't leave pet food and water where rodents or other wild animals can access them. Bubonic plague results in painfully swollen lymph nodes, while septicemic plague happens when the infection gets in the blood and causes skin and tissue to turn black and die.

For just the fifth time since 1940, an Idaho resident has been diagnosed with the plague. In some cases, rapidly developing signs of pneumonia (shortness of breath, chest pain, cough) can occur.

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