Reemergence of Murine Typhus in Galveston, Texas, USA

A study published in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal has pointed to the fact that there is a possibility that murine typhus, a disease caused by Rickettsia type and typically spread through Xenopsylla cheopis fleas has reemerged in Galveston, Texas in USA.The article concludes:Dynamic shifts in the epidemiology and transmission of murine typhus are not … Continue reading Reemergence of Murine Typhus in Galveston, Texas, USA

Plague Deaths in Animals in South Santa Fe

According to the Albuquerque Journal, there has been five deaths of animals (three cats, one dog, one mouse), which has been attributed to plague. Public Health Veterinarians have also identified massive die offs in rodents, rabbits and other susceptible wild animals in the vicinity. However, the diagnosed deaths in animals that existed in close proximity … Continue reading Plague Deaths in Animals in South Santa Fe

Plague Bacteria Detected in Arizona Fleas

The causative bacterium of plague, Yersinia pestis, has been detected in fleas in Picture Canyon, Arizona. Deaths of prairie dogs in this region alerted officials to the possibility of the disease.Prairie dogs are especially vulnerable to this bacterium as they live in social burrows which may be infested with rodents that carry the fleas bearing … Continue reading Plague Bacteria Detected in Arizona Fleas

Bubonic Plague Claims 3 Lives in Zambia

The Times of Zambia reports that three persons have died from suspected bubonic plague in the Nyimba District of the Eastern Province. Reportedly 13 people from the Kavyeni village have been affected by the disease in what seems like an ongoing outbreak.The neighboring countries of Mozambique and Malawi are also suffering from an outbreak of … Continue reading Bubonic Plague Claims 3 Lives in Zambia