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    Bubonic plague in Los Angeles

    As if the bird flu scare wasn't enough, check this out straight from Yahoo news.

    Woman Has Rare Case of Bubonic Plague
    Wed Apr 19, 12:14 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES - A woman is in stable condition with bubonic plague, the first confirmed human case in Los Angeles County since 1984, health officials said Tuesday.

    The woman, who was not identified, was admitted to a hospital April 13 with a fever, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms. A blood test confirmed the bacterial disease, and she was given antibiotics, officials said.

    Bubonic plague is not contagious, but if left untreated it can morph into pneumonic plague, which is. Bubonic plague is usually transmitted to humans from the bites of fleas infected by rodents.

    Health officials said they suspect the woman was exposed by fleas in her home and that there was no cause for alarm. An estimated 10 to 20 Americans contract plague each year, mostly in rural communities.

    Bubonic plague is believed to have been the "Black Death" that killed 25 million people in Europe between 1346 and 1351.
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    What caliber does one use on fleas?

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    The fleas are not the problem, it's the rodents. The fleas are just a symptom.

    I would suspect any of the mousegun calibers would suffice for the said rodents.

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    Yea - but they're fast....and small....ideal targets. The vermin too - the carriers as you said. I added a smilie...to make sure my joke isn't misinterpreted You be right

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    ....huntin' mice with a scoped .177 cal airgun I heard is fun.....
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    .17 HMR = pink mist.
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    .17 HMR = expensive pink mist

    .177 high power pellet rifle = cheap non-pink but still DRT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua M. Smith
    The fleas are just a symptom.
    Nope! The fleas are the vector!
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    Quote Originally Posted by srfl
    ....huntin' mice with a scoped .177 cal airgun I heard is fun.....
    It is. Even unscoped is OK. The rodents generally aren't smart enough to run away far if you miss (my experience is they just jump and come right back). Fun and satisfying.
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    Bubonic Plague scare?

    Jeebus the media idiots annoy me.


    You walk around Garden of the Gods here in town and they have signs up telling people not to mess around with the squirrels because many carry Bubonic Plague ... had 'em up for years.

    Bubonic Plague still exists, people still get sick from it but now you go to the doctor and get an anti-biotic and you're fine.

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