Outbreak of Deadly Bubonic and Pneumonic Plagues Shake Peru

August 5, 2010

Peru (ChattahBox) – An outbreak of the Bubonic and Pneumonic Plagues have killed one and infected 32 others in a small coastal region a few hundred miles from Lima, the Telegraph reports.

The area, which is close to Chicama beach, is being investigated for a number of confirmed cases, after a 14-year-old boy with Down Syndrome died of the disease. Most of the other 31 cases are Bubonic Plague, which is transferred by flea bites, and a few are Pneumonic, which is an airborne illness.

Most cases of both diseases are treated with an antibiotic, but the teen boy was too far passed the initial incubation period to treat.

The last outbreak of Bubonic Plague in the country was in 1994, where 35 people died.


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