Dr Oz Talks Bubonic Plague Colorado 2012
About 600 years ago, the Bubonic Plague swept away 1/3 of Europe. The people contracted it from vermin and bugs, bad hygiene, and other variables.
In 2012, 7-year-old Sierra Downing was at a picnic with her family. She came across a dead squirrel, but didn’t think that it was in anyway tied to the bug bites she contracted.
Bug Bites Lead to Black Death
Doctors tried to diagnose Sierra’s vomiting, 107 degree temperature, and seizures, but they didn’t see this diagnosis coming. The Bubonic Plague. There are about 10 cases of Bubonic plague annually, making it so rare that people rarely think they could contract the illness. Luckily, doctors are equipped to cure the Bubonic Plague, but the world is much smaller than we think it is.
Dr Oz talked to Sierra Downing and cautioned us all to watch out. There are different types of diseases that you can get from a variety of places. You should always be upfront with your doctor about where you have been.
Dr Nancy Snyderman said that you need to always tell your doctor if you have been traveling and what animals you have been in contact with. This is often the missing link. If parents are upfront about their kids touching dead animals or coming into contact with them, then doctors are able to diagnose patients much easier.
How Did Sierra Downing Contract Bubonic Plague?
Sierra Downing and her family went to a picnic in a nearby park, When Sierra found the dead squirrel, she wanted to bury it. Her sweatshirt came into contact with the animal, ending up with bugs on her sweater. Her mother told her that she needed to leave the animal alone and bring the sweatshirt home. Sierra wrapped it around her waist, and the bugs that bit her caused the disease.
Darcy, Sierra’s mother, felt bad about making her daughter wrap the sweater around her waist. She just wanted to teach her daughter a lesson about being responsible. Sean, Sierra’s dad, felt bad later for what he did. Sierra was found, sick, on the bathroom floor later than night. He put her in bed and she threw up on her sheets. At the time, Sean was angry with his daughter for getting sick on the sheets, and he now feels a lot of guilt about that.
Bubonic Plague Cured With Antibiotics
Dr Jennifer Snow and Wendi Drummond saved Sierra’s like. They were able to diagnose her, thanks to her parents being open about the bug bites. Dr Snow found a very similar case from a few years ago, including the same symptoms and the same bites. The person had the Bubonic Plague.
Sierra was put on antibiotic immediately and is now cured. This doesn’t mean you should take chances! Use a safe bug repellant and don’t underestimate your illnesses.