December 13, 2011

You've Been Warned: Don't Sleep with Pets

Maryn McKenna, Wired

AP Photo

The most numerous and passionate comments I’ve ever gotten here were responses — OK, vituperation and denunciations — to a post describing how a Pacific Northwest family caught plague from their dogs’ fleas.

So I’ll be over in the corner donning a flame-resistant bio-suit — because  it turns out that, when it comes to pets on the bed, plague is not the only health risk. It’s one of many, along with hookworm, roundworm, MRSA, rabies, Chagas disease, Pasteurella, cat scratch fever, Capnocytophaga, Cryptosporidium and Cheyletiella. Oh, and bites.

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TAGGED: Cats, Dogs, Pets, Infectious Disease


October 11, 2013
The Plague Is Alive and Well
Emily Lodish, Global Post
It sounds like something old. "Bubonic plague."You hear those two words and you think: "Half of Europe died in the Middle Ages. It was called the Black Death."You aren't wrong. But it didn't stop there, as many mistakenly... more ››