Idaho’s Central District Health Department reported on Tuesday that a child in Elmore County was recovering from the bubonic plague.
Known as the “Black Death,” the plague wiped out roughly one-third of Europe’s population in the mid-1300’s. But it is quite rare in modern times.
Evidently. It’s unknown whether the child — whose identity was not disclosed — contracted the disease in Idaho or in Oregon while on a recent vacation.
In a press release, the Health Department said that “Plague has historically been found in wildlife in both states,” and that “since 1990, eight human cases were confirmed in Oregon and two were confirmed in Idaho.”
The child who was diagnosed in Idaho this week was treated with antibiotics.
The Central District Health Department suggested the following measures to take in protecting humans and pets from the plague:
Further, the Center for Disease Control noted other preventative measures include wearing gloves when handling animals that could be infected, and preventing pets from sleeping in the same bed as humans.
It adds that while new plague vaccines are in development, they aren’t expected to available any time soon. Currently in the U.S., a plague vaccine is no longer available.