This has led the health officials from the Central District Health Department in Idaho to warn people to be on a lookout for this deadly disease.
There have been two cases of plague in humans in Idaho and eight in OR since 1990, the Statesman said.
This plague case, like others that appear rarely but with some regularity, is the same disease that was responsible for the medieval "Black Death".
Figures from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that between the years 1970 and 2012, the average number of plague cases reported in the country per year is just seven. And you think, "well, at least it's 2018 and not 1350", and while yes your knowledge of what year it is is correct, it doesn't change the fact that the plague is still here, and one young boy in Idaho is being treated for it now. Person-to-person transmission is extremely rare and in the case of a child, it's not a risk factor to others. "People can decrease their risk by treating their pets for fleas and avoiding contact with wildlife", said Central District Health Department epidemiologist Sarah Correll. "Wear insect repellent, long trousers and socks when visiting plague affected areas".
Clean up areas near your home where rodents can live, such as woodpiles, and put hay, wood, and compost piles as far as away as possible.
CDC defines the plague as an infectious disease that affects rodents, certain animals, and humans.
Don't feed rodents in campgrounds, picnic areas, or near your home.
There are a few plague cases every year in the United States, mostly in the rural west and especially the south-west.
- Keep fleas off your pets by applying flea-control products. In most cases, there is a painful swelling of the lymph node in the groin, armpit or neck areas. After a rodent or pet they've infected dies, they travel to find their next host.
Plague can be a very severe disease in people, with a fatality rate of up to 60 percent.
All pet food and water should be kept somewhere where wild animals or rodents can't have access.