Darcy Downing said her daughter may have been infected by insects near a dead squirrel she wanted to bury at their campground on U.S. Forest Service land, even though Darcy had warned her daughter to leave it alone.
She remembered catching her daughter near the squirrel with her sweat shirt on the ground.
Her daughter later had the shirt tied around her torso, where doctors spotted insect bites.
By the night of Aug. 25, Sierra Jane's heart rate was high, her blood pressure was low, and a swollen lymph node in her left groin was so painful it hurt to undergo the ultrasound that detected the enlarged node, Snow said.
"If she had stayed home, she could've easily died within 24 to 48 hours from the shock of infection," Snow said.
Edited by bwellmysoul on 09/06/2012 15:29:38
I wasn't aware of the BP hitting the USA again, but here in Texas there have been over a thousand confirmed cases of the West Nile Virus and over 40 deaths so far in Texas alone. First killer bees, now this.
This is why I don't let my children touch dead animals.
Pax et Bonum,
"There are some in the Church, who not only do not do what is good, but even persecute it, and hate in others what they neglect to do themselves. The sin of these men is not that of infirmity or ignorance, but deliberate willful sin." — Pope St. Gregory the Great (AD 540-604)
West Nile is rather common in NE. Some people get flu-like symptoms and some unfortuneately suffer lifelong stroke-like health problems. Most of the state this year (due to drought) hasn't had to battle mosquitos. We normally have to spray down with repellent before going outside.
Rather shocked that BP is here. Never heard of it before in America. We have several in / outside pets and a yard full of squirrels.
Squirrels are slightly less full of fleas than are opposums. And opposums are loaded.
The Bubonic Plague hit San Francisco's Chinatown in 1899 and again in 1907 via the Hawaiian Islands. If I'm not mistaken that was the only incident of the Plague in the U.S.
I know someone that had the flu all winter and couldn't shake it this was the first time he was ever this sick in his life,but after a few months or more he finally got rid of it.I get my flu a=shot in Aug. then if I am not around anyone with the flu For two weeks I am in the clear I did fine last year no nothing got it in Aug then to:) I have never herd in my life time of Bubonic Plague in this country I hope we don't get much of that perhaps only dead animals give you this? I thought fleas did?
Fleas and lice are carriers of the Bubonic Plague but the most prolific carriers are ground squirrels. The culprit of the 14th century outbreak in Europe was rats.
I was wrong about the 1899-1907 epidemic in San Francisco being the only incident in the U.S. Apparently there are frequent outbreaks in the Four Corners area of the United States as well.
Edited by heavenlysecrets on 09/10/2012 22:25:20