The Plague Is Spreading in New Mexico. Is It Too Close for Comfort?

Author: Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas

As of June 27, 2017, a third patient was found to have the plague in New Mexico. Although it has not been known to have spread, we understand that it can still feel too close for comfort. The plague is typically spread by rodent-riding fleas, which means this disease could be spread rapidly at any point.

What Is Plague?

The plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. As stated above, humans get this when they are bitten by rodent-riding fleas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three types of plague in humans: bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, and septicemic plague. All three share the same symptoms: fever weakness and chills.

Bubonic plague is the best-known and common form of the disease. It is marked by the sudden appearance of swollen and painful lymph nodes in the groin or armpit.

Pneumonic plague causes a rapid and severe form of pneumonia that can lead to respiratory failure and shock. This type can be transferred from human-to-human and is the only kind that can.

Septicemic plague attacks a person’s blood cells and can cause skin or tissue to turn black and die. Sourced by an infected flea bite or by handling an infected animal.

How Can You Keep Your Yard Free of Fleas?

At Mosquito Squad, we understand the importance of taking care of all your family members, including those that are more susceptible to biting fleas, your pets. Our barrier treatment will help eliminate fleas on your property before they even have the chance to get to your pets. We focus on treating your foliage and grass areas where fleas are known to rest and anticipate their prey.

Keep the fleas off your property with a treatment from Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas. Give us a call at (830) 254-5176 to discuss how a flea treatment could benefit you!