Modern diseases seem to take shape under the most common affections, sneaking into our bodies and making some of us bare fatal consequences. A 16 year old boy that supposedly had the most common type of flu has died from a very rare case of plague.
US adolescent dies from rare form of plague as officials are leading extensive investigations to determine the exact cause of death and avoid more dramatic consequences.
The boy named Taylor Gaes didn’t have any symptoms that could signal the installation of a deadly virus. The most common manifestation of flu turned out to be a deadly illness that took everyone by surprise. The only aspect that could be defined as a differentiator could have been strong muscle aches and high fever.
The form of plague he suffered from is very rare, with no cases reported in a very long time. In the last 30 years, no more than three people in North Central Colorado contacted the plague. The chance of spreading the disease is relatively small, to the relief of relatives and people who were close to the adolescent. Yes, the chances are small but there is a slight possibility that the plague could have spread to other areas. It is a virus that seems to be alive and kicking, as the reported victim holds viable proof on that.
Doctors are running tests for the time being, to detect exactly what type of plague the teenager contacted. The main suspicion goes into the bubonic plague direction, as it is the most common and very easy to contact through a simple bug bite.
The Larimer County Health Department declared that this is the first resident reported to have contacted the plague since 1999.
The bubonic plague has misleading symptoms and it grows once the bacteria grows inside a person’s lymph nodes. In other forms of plague, like septicemic and pneumonic plague the germs reproduce in bloodstreams or lungs. These are very dangerous forms of the disease, as the symptoms are even harder to diagnose and the patient is exposed to a rapid deterioration and consequently death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Officials are now conducting an extensive investigation to find out the exact conditions and circumstances in which the disease could have appeared. They are also encouraging all people to seek immediate help if they develop a fever, as there is a chance others might have been infected by bugs.
Plague is known to spread through rodent populations in certain areas, resulting in mass animal deaths. It seems that the only animals carrying plague in Larimer County were located in Soapstone Natural Area that is not open to the public.
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