The other day The Pink Flamingo was the first blog to report that at least 40 members of an Al Qaeda training camp in Algeria had died from the old fashioned bubonic plague. AJ Strata has uncovered more information.
According to Strata, we could be looking at a WMD experiment gone bad. I think Strata is right. We need to approach this one with caution. Plague Happens in Desert Lands. The WTimes is reporting that it was a WMD experiment.
After living in New Mexico for a decade, I do know the plague can pop up anywhere. It comes from infected fleas. If you have some sanitation and modern medical intervention you can catch it – usually. There are people who die from it. Here in NM awhile back I seem to remember a few cats dying of the plague.
I do think sanitation is a big deal here. Heaven only knows these people live like the animals they are.
“…The bubonic plague is an infection of the lymphatic system, usually resulting from the bite of an infected flea. The fleas are often found on rodents, such as rats, and seek out other prey when their rodent hosts die. Once established, bacteria rapidly spread to the lymph nodes and multiply. Yersinia pestis can resist phagocytosis and even reproduce inside phagocytes and kill them. As the disease progresses, the lymph nodes can hemorrhage and become necrotic. Bubonic plague can progress to lethal septicemic plague in some cases….The most famous symptom of bubonic plague is swollen lymph nodes, called buboes. These are commonly found in the armpits, groin or neck. The bubonic plague was the first step of the ongoing plague. Two other forms of the plague, pneumonic and septicemic, resulted after a patient with the bubonic plague developed pneumonia or blood poisoning. Other symptoms include spots on the skin that are red at first and then turn black, heavy breathing, continuous blood vomiting, aching limbs and terrible pain. The pain is usually caused by the actual decaying, or decomposing of the skin while the infected person is still alive. When death begins the person will get spasms….”