[caption id="attachment_69379" align="aligncenter" width="480"] This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe. After the incubation period of 2-6 days, symptoms of the plague appear including severe malaise, headache, shaking chills, fever, and pain and swelling, or adenopathy, in the affected regional lymph nodes, also known as buboes.[/caption]
Central Asian Youth Dies of Bubonic Plague
Ichke-Zhergez, Kyrgystan - For the first time in three decades, a Central Asian person has contracted the deadly disease known as the Black Death. Authorities believe that 15-year-old cattle herder Temir Issakunov contracted the disease by eating an infected marmot during a family meal.
Issakunov passed away at a local hospital seven days ago, but authorities have only now alerted the world community. The health department is taking precautions to prevent this singular case from becoming an epidemic. Those measures include the cremation of Issakunov and special handling of his remains during burial, distributing antibiotics to villagers, limiting the travel of livestock in the area, and dispatching a special team to the village to kill rodents to prevent any spread.
A Russian public health official said cases of bubonic plague were registered in Kazakhstan every year, and the disease existed naturally in parts of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia, Izvestiya reported.
The Department of Health for Kyrgystan believes that an epidemic is improbable. The last outbreak of the plague was three years ago in Peru where a dozen people contracted the disease. Most cases of infection occur in Africa. In 2012, 400 cases were reported around the world of which roughly 360 were in Africa.
People potentially infected with the plague need immediate treatment and should be given antibiotics within 24 hours of the first symptoms to prevent death. Other treatments include oxygen, intravenous fluids, and respiratory support. People who have had contact with anyone infected by pneumonic plague are given prophylactic antibiotics. Using the broad-based antibiotic streptomycin has proven to be dramatically successful against the bubonic plague within 12 hours of infection.
Bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, was responsible for the deaths of millions during the Middle Ages.
The last major outbreak was in London, England from 1665 to 1666 which resulted in the death of 100,000 people. That event is known historically as "The Great Plague".
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Teenager dies from BLACK DEATH after eating infected animal at family meal