Who knew this was still a thing?!
A teenage girl in Oregon was diagnosed with the bubonic plague after apparently coming down with it on a hunting trip earlier this month!
The Black Death!
Doctors say the 16-year-old, who had been hunting near the small town of Heppner, Oregon, was most likely bitten by a flea during the trip.
Five days later, when she got extremely sick, she was taken to the hospital and placed in the intensive care unit.
If you’re wondering about the likelihood of somebody even getting the bubonic plague in America in the 21st century, there have been eight diagnosed cases in humans in Oregon since 1995… so it is EXTREMELY rare but totally still around!
Fortunately, if you catch it early like this girl did, it’s easily treatable with medicine… though that doesn’t make it less scary!
According to Emilio DeBess, a public health official for the state of Oregon, while the plague may be rare it’s still a concern:
“Many people think of the plague as a disease of the past, but it’s still very much present in our environment, particularly among wildlife. Fortunately, plague remains a rare disease, but people need to take appropriate precautions with wildlife and their pets to keep it that way.”
We think there’s a simple solution to all of this: Never. Ever. Go. Outside.
After this plague story, that solution sounds good to us! LOLz!