Peru: Plague infected fleas present in sewer rats in La Libertad

Officials in La Libertad, Peru are transporting out a fumigation campaign within the District Town of Chocope, Ascope province after the existence of the agent of plague, Yersinia pestis, was confirmed in fleas available on sewer rodents, based on a  El Comercio report (computer converted).

plagueSoon the proventriculus, or esophagogastric junction will end up blocked having a microbial mass stopping the flea from swallowing food.
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Additionally, the National Institute of Health (INS) issued a study that claims that inside a sample extracted within the sector referred to as Panamericana Norte, in Chocope, “18% of fleas in sewer rodents are have contracted the bacteria”.

With all this situation, the district mayor, Rolando Luján, met using the mind from the local health center along with other competent government bodies to consider measures to avoid the epidemic outbreak of bubonic plague in Chocope, an area considered endemic position for plague.

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The government bodies made the decision to build up, this Friday and Saturday, a fumigation campaign in 160 homes found in the Panamericana Norte sector. The fumigation will manage qualified personnel from the Secretary of state for Health (Minsa) and can run from 8 a.m. until 5 pm.

We request the cooperation from the families and proprietors so they permit the fumigators to go in their structures so we can steer clear of the resurgence from the disease, whose last situation was presented some 2 yrs ago, “said the mayor.

Lujan also described why killing the rats wasn’t the answer–“What is infected may be the flea, and not the rodent. When we get rid of the rodent the flea will jump and possibly infect other animals”.

LISTEN: Plague: Transmission, pathology, treatment and diagnosis

Plague is definitely an infectious disease caused through the bacteria, Yersinia pestis. It can be found in creatures around the world, most generally rats but other rodents like ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, rabbits and voles. Fleas typically function as the vector of plague. Human cases happen to be from the domestic dogs and cats that brought infected fleas in to the house.

People may also get infected through direct connection with an infected animal, through inhalation as well as in the situation of pneumonic plague, individual to individual.

Yersinia pestis is treatable with antibiotics if began early on.

You will find three types of human plague bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.

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