August 9, 2020

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: New Mexico man in his 20s dies of septicemic plague. “On July 27 a Santa Fe County man in his 60s was diagnosed with bubonic plague. . . . There are three forms of plague, with symptoms varying depending on how the person was exposed to the bacterium, according to the Centers for Disease Control.” The story doesn’t tell you — because they’ve laid off all the editors, I guess — but the three forms are bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic, in ascending order of lethality. Pneumonic is the most contagious and the only one where human-to-human transmission is at all likely.

Related: Treatment of Plague. Time to start stockpiling streptomycin and tetracycline?

Also: China bubonic plague spreads: Beijing orders second lockdown after new horror death. “Panic has swept across China’s Inner Mongolia province after a second bubonic plague lockdown was enforced, two days after the first, as whole villages are sealed off.”

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