Plague is endemic to certain parts of the desert southwest. 10-15 people in the
Primary pneumonic plague (PPP), in particular, is unsettling. While attending a 2-day public health conference this week, I learned all about the loveliness that this organism isn't. No flea vector is needed to transmit PPP (fleas vector the bubonic plague, the one that's well-known for widespread death in
One of the conference talks by a U.S. Public Health Service medical doctor yesterday provided new details on a plague case that was widely publicized last fall. It was on the wildlife biologist, Eric York, working in the
Only the biologist was infected with PPP, as it turns out, though 49 people who may have had some degree of interaction with
The story of how
York conducted the necropsy of the animal back at his garage, apparently without using any personal protective equipment. The photographs
After York's death, health experts inspected the necropsy kit in his garage and found it to contain an unused mask and gloves, further demonstrating that
This is enough for today. I'll have to finish it in another post.