Three More Cases Of Most Deadly Form Of Plague Found In Colorado

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It has been quite a week for geopolitics: first the BRICs openly defied the legacy developed world system with the formation of a BRIC bank and the creation of a $100 billion currency reserve, promptly followed by the latest and most severe round of US sanctions against Russia, followed even more promptly by the tragic disaster of flight MH 17 which sadly will turn out to be nothing but yet another provocative attempt to unleash war and change the Russia-European energy balance of power, masked by public fury at the death of several hundred innocent bystanders. And speaking of innocent bystander deaths, nothing tops Israel's decision to roll out the tanks into Gaza just hours following the Ukraine tragedy, and sending the death count on the Gaza side soaring and well into the 300s. All in all - a very disturbing week, which however nobody who was looking at the S&P 500 would realize.

It has also been a very busy week for viral epidemiologists, who have been following the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Afrca, which has claimed over 600 lives by now and has become the worst Ebola breakout in history, with anxiety and dread. But what may soon be even bigger news is what we reported a week ago, namely that a Colorado man is infected with the rarest and most fatal form of the pneumonic plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing.

Shocked by this development, the state was working to investigate the source of exposure and to identify those who may have been exposed through close contact with the individual, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in its statement. “Any individuals exposed will be recommended for antibiotic treatment." Alas, that may be futile, because while untreated plague is fatal, antibiotics have to be given within 24 hours of the first symptoms to reduce the chance of death. Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache and chest pain, along with a pneumonia that develops rapidly causing shortness of breath, chest pain and bloody mucus, according to the CDC.

Since there is no vaccine available for plague in the US, one can understand why the authorities are doing their best to prevent a panic: Colorado officials recommended that residents keep pets away from wildlife, especially dead rodents. The plague can spread from animals after a large die-off of prairie dogs, when fleas with the bacteria seek new hosts, according to the state. "The message we’re trying to get out is that the plague bacteria is present here in Colorado, and to take necessary precautions to avoid getting infected."

Alas, the message appears to not have gotten out in time. According to Bloomberg, things in Colorado are about to get worse as three more plague cases have been found in Colorado, a week after the first infection of the deadliest form of the disease was reported in the state in a decade.

The man initially reported with pneumonic plague on July 11 is hospitalized. Two of the new cases also had pneumonic plague, while the third had a milder form. All four cases may be linked to the original man’s dog, which died from the illness, state health officials said. Or they may not.

The good news is that the people newly-found to be infected were treated with antibiotics, recovered, and are no longer contagious. Health officials suspect the dog that died may been exposed to plague-infected fleas from a prairie dog or rabbit, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment department.

The bad news, is that the last time we heard about a case of plague in Colorado, that too was supposed to be the last one. But that won't prevent the authorities from attempting to talk down the spread in cases:

There are three main types of plague. Septicemic plague occurs when the bacteria proliferates in the bloodstream. Bubonic plague takes hold underneath the skin. Pneumonic plague, the most serious, can be spread through coughing and sneezing and occurs when the bacteria enters the lungs.


Plague in all of its forms usually infects an average of seven people yearly in the U.S., and is found mostly in the western states of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease is transmitted by fleas, which pick up a bacterium called Yersinia pestis in infected animals such as chipmunks, prairie dogs, ground squirrels, mice and other mammals.


“While this is not a daily, weekly, or monthly occurrence, it isn’t without precedence,” said Jim Siedlecki, director of public information of Adams County, where the original victim lives, in a telephone interview. “A case of plague where fleas and prairie dogs are involved isn’t earth shattering for Colorado.”

What about four cases?

In any event, we are confident that along with the surge in other tragic news from around the globe in the past week, this too will at most send the stock "market" to even higher all time highs.

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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:05 | 4978780 q99x2
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Ya that's the virus modification the NWO is susposed to hit us with if they can't kill us with the 2 billion bullets.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:54 | 4978880 junction
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Being Kenyan, Obama prefers the Ebola pathogen for killing people.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:30 | 4978958 DaddyO
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This article sheds light from a medical perspective on the plague.

The same authour did a live presentation on which antibiotocs to store in the event things unravel.

Always look a bit down the road to see what may be lurking in the weeds.


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:37 | 4979033 Comte de Saint ...
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The mortality chances are greater for those who get a vaccine to counteract the effects of this disease rather than being infected by the disease itself. Additionally, Americans are extremely dependant on prescribed medications for any sort of illnesses and, totally addicted to over-the-counter medicines (the weakest species in the human race indeed).


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:51 | 4979044 rehypothecator
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Prairie dogs are people too, according to those in Boulder, CO, and therefore, by extension, plague is people too.  Never mind that the risk of plague from prairie dogs has been mentioned more than once or twice, regarding Boulder's almost religious protection of those rodents.  

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 14:18 | 4980404 RevRex
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On the American Public......

Imagine that there are still idiots in this country who don't realize that Obama is destroying America


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:37 | 4979060 El Vaquero
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Dude, pneumonic plague is no laughing matter, antibiotics or not.  That shit is deadly.  Like, damned near 100% mortality without treatment.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:42 | 4979319 DaddyO
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30% mortality if caught within 24-48 hours, no laughing matter!!!!


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:42 | 4979607 max2205
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Are we going to be allowed to say it's the black plague. ..or do we have to wait 2 moar years?

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:39 | 4980044 ncdirtdigger
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dats waycist

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 14:20 | 4980412 RevRex
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"your rayciststsistsessess"

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 14:06 | 4980354 Kirk2NCC1701
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That's one Rocky Mountain High you don't want to have.

Or you'll be singing it with John Denver, RIP.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 16:09 | 4980836 The Big Ching-aso
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Plague is annoying enough but that tartar shit is really a bitch to get rid of lemme tell ya.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:23 | 4978947 rubiconsolutions
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"Rocky Mountain High Fever"

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:56 | 4979046 Cornfedbloodstool
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Don't fuk a nigga in the ass! whats wrong with you whitey.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:08 | 4979054 Sinnedi
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Those FEMA coffins and FEMA camps make sense now

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:41 | 4979106 Buck Johnson
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The problem is if those other three didn't infect anybody while they where sick.  That man was reported to have it last week and now they are finding others.  Whom to say there isn't more.  And it is a dangerous disease.  Because how many of us go to the doctor if we are coughting or have a running nose etc. etc..  Most of the first sings of the disease sounds like a cold.  And lets say you wake up one morning thinking you have a cold, you take some medicine and go to work for 8 hours or more then you come home symptoms are kinda controlled but you still are sick and then go to bed.  You wake up the next morning a little worse and take more medicine and such and go to work.  By then your already have been infected for over 24 hours and  through your coughs and sneezes have probably infected people at work or in your area.  And antibiotics won't work now because you are over the 24 hours. 

They don't have this controlled, not by a long shot.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 05:10 | 4979184 sushi
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Best thing to do if you have those symptoms is to immediately fly to Washington and go see your state Representatives and Senators. Glad handle everyone else you meet, do the lobbyist circuit and do not forget the obligatory vist to the IRS. It is almost certain they want to collect something from you.

If you are still on your feet the next day, a tour of the NSA facilties in Mclean is another must see, must do for any Washington visitor. The Pentagon does not welcome visitors but a quick walking tour of the parking lot (several dozen loops between 0630 and 0900) is good for the constitution.


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:15 | 4979200 Schlomo Bergstein
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This is a severely underrated post.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:14 | 4979517 SilverDOG
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Freedom Lobbying right?

Damn brilliant idea.

Steven King's "The Stand" summarizes this scenario with humor.

Not the stupid movie version.

Bring it on. Make certain to visit Hamptons and NYC on the way out.

Many selfie shots should be taken and saved to be sent from last moment, on flight to LONDON.



Sun, 07/20/2014 - 14:10 | 4980368 Kirk2NCC1701
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Too bad you won't have time to visit the CNN, MSNBC and FOX studios, to give them the "exclusive" story.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:16 | 4979418 New World Chaos
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A four-star general might agree with you about the biowarfare test.  He specifically mentioned pneumonic plague.  He has a few other interesting things to say about NWO plans: 

-The Mexican invasion will only get worse.  It's part of a plan to cause economic collapse and social chaos, and make it easier to bring about the North American Union.

-The dollar will be shunned by the end of 2015.

-America will cease to exist in 2017.  They will close the exits shortly thereafter.

-They are planning mass slaughter of Americans.  Mercs, drones, indirect kill, sink anyone who tries to escape.

-They go to Orwellian lengths to make sure the drone operators do not grow a conscience.

-When he refused to swear that he would kill Americans on US soil, goons escorted him out of his office and TPTB started fucking with his life.  To any high-ranking officers out there, which would be the greater sin:  Violating an oath made to people who laugh at their own oaths, or failing to infiltrate a conspiracy to kill tens of millions of Americans?  Note:  The oath is just the beginning.  At some point they will ask you to do something truly evil.  They only trust sociopaths.  So maybe don't even take their oath, or take it but then start taking names and making bugout plans.  Let your conscience be your guide.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:09 | 4978783 Winston Churchill
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His dog. Wild prairie dogs.

Decisions, decisions, which lie do I pretend to believe ?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:13 | 4978792 TeamDepends
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Face it, vermin is closing in from all sides.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:51 | 4978874 sixsigma cygnus...
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Midterm election year.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:14 | 4978796 yogibear
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Wiping out thousands of Americans should make Bill Gates happy.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:23 | 4978820 Chupacabra-322
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Wiping us out or Vaccinating us with poisons?

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:10 | 4979083 UselessEater
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Saddest thing in the world is to talk to a parent who's healthy baby dies a day after a dose of multiple vaccines.


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:36 | 4979405 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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He will first target those of us that really hate that POS Windoze-8!

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 14:11 | 4980374 Kirk2NCC1701
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Let me know when it hits Bangalore, or one of those Call Centers.

That would help our Unemployment.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:15 | 4978797 Hulk
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I'm hoping the wind blows due east about 2 thousand miles and then drops its load...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:40 | 4978969 TeamDepends
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Ahem, Tyler we are all concerned with Kate Upton and how she feels about her breasts but that is not the reason we visit ZH. Please remove these ads. Thank you.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:06 | 4981973 ForTheWorld
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Well, it's either Kate Uptons breasts, or soliciting donations because, you know, running a popular site requires at lease some money.

I wonder - can you use EBT cards to pay site hosting bills?

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:23 | 4979016 Implied Violins
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They never inhale, so it'll have to be bubonic. Ebola would be preferable, as 'Ebonic' would be some serious irony at the White House.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:16 | 4978799 swmnguy
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Buy The Plague Dip! Bullish!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:19 | 4978807 Buster Cherry
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No bong sharing!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:20 | 4978812 nmewn
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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:36 | 4978838 One And Only
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98% of cases occur in Africa. Which is funny because there is an Ebola outbreak in Africa. Also tuberculosis being reported across the country. Eat your peas and take care of the immigrants Obama is dumping in your communities; shared sacrifice indeed.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:44 | 4978858 nmewn
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Shared sacrifice...right there baby...thats what I'm talkin bout.

So when can we expect Obama, Reid, the WSJ, Pelosi, the Chamber of Commerce, Soros, the Kennedy's, Adelson etal to take in these "immigrants" into THEIR spare bedroom in the Mother-In-Law add-on to the McMansion?

I'll just hold my breath and wait for the announcement ;-)

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:54 | 4978988 One And Only
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The world in which they shape will be the world their children live in. When the dollar collapses there will be no shelter for their progeny. So be it.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 15:13 | 4980617 espirit
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I'm thinking they only keep their progeny around as an organ replacement for host, or as an emergency food supply.

In BizzaroWorld, don't underestimate the enemy.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:36 | 4979404 Everybodys All ...
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Remember rule #1 for these people...

    Sacrifice is meant for thee and not for me.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 14:17 | 4980391 Kirk2NCC1701
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If I were a devious ruler in Latin America or Africa, who wanted to get rid of the malcontents, criminals and mentally ill, I'd ship them off to the US (via Mexico), since no other country would keep them.  Call it "Demographic Enhancement".

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:37 | 4978842 Sathington Willougby
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I blame lowered immune response from smoking dope.  And illegals.  And global warm cooling.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:20 | 4978927 813kml
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I don't always smoke illegals, but when I do I prefer Cubans.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 15:14 | 4980619 espirit
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+ 1

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:42 | 4978847 Taint Boil
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Just started reading "The Culling" ............ Ye Be Warned.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:40 | 4978971 BringOnTheAsteroid
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What difference does it make if a few billion people die from starvation, war, pestilence brought about by natural means or if some mad scientist deliberately releases a virus that kills the same number of people.

We humans are fucked. We are waaaaayyyyyyyy too selfish and stupid to enact conscious population control by limiting the number of children we have. We are going balls to the wall until the food runs out. We really are that stupid.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:44 | 4978854 Thorny Xi
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If we were a foreign country, you'd need a yellow card to get back out.  Plague, Hanta Virus, Spotted Fever, Deer Tick Fever ... but pot is legal!

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:46 | 4979324 shovelhead
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There finally is a recorded death from pot.

A guy hit a wall escaping from police, and the bricks he had stacked to the roof in his car (no shit) flew forward and impacted his skull.

He actually died from his head hitting the steering wheel when his airbag failed but that didn't suit the reporter's story. 

The only known death from cannabis.

Sort of.

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