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Rats in the News - Special Species Slander Supplement! [Apr. 19th, 2006|12:52 pm]
Nicodemus
A case of bubonic plague has been diagnosed (and treated) in L.A. CNN was so anxious to work rats into the story that they wrote:

Bubonic plague is usually transmitted to humans from the bites of fleas infected by rodents.

Excuse me? The fleas are infected BY rodents? Rodents are not a vector for the plague (they die from it just like humans do), so the only possible interpretation of that sentence is that tiny parasitic rodents are clinging to the backs of giant biting fleas. Someone alert the Inquirer!
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2006-04-19 08:27 pm (UTC)
Those pesky rodents, biting the poor little fleas...
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[User Picture]From: mcfractal
2006-04-19 09:20 pm (UTC)
In India, in Deshnok, the Temple of Karni Mata has been feeding and worshiping rats for 600 years. The rats are healty and numerous. No one in Deshnok has had plague, despite plague ravaging the rest of India various times in that time span.

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-20 04:32 pm (UTC)
I've seen pictures of that temple; it looks like an amazing place.

IIRC, there's an associated story that if the first rat you see upon entering is an albino, you will have a blessed life from then on.
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[User Picture]From: mcfractal
2006-04-20 07:24 pm (UTC)
Heh, you know what they say. Rats leave a sinking car.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2006-04-20 02:23 am (UTC)
What actually is the truth of the matter? Wikipedia bears much the same story, for what it's worth - you might want to edit it appropriately.
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[User Picture]From: sardonicus
2006-04-20 04:13 am (UTC)
They really did push the rat thing a bit much, especially given the fact that in Los Angeles it's well known that bubonic plague tends to emerge in the ground squirrel population.

There are areas in the more remote sections of Ventura and the San Gabriels that have been known plague pockets for decades.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2006-04-20 07:43 am (UTC)
Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so on ad infinitum.
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2006-04-20 10:58 pm (UTC)

plague

For what's worth, bubonic is pandemic in the good USofA, especially in the SouthWest where it's spread by various wild rodents, which as it was noted die of the disease, and then the fleas hop in a nearby warm blood, and if that happens to be human they get the BLACK DEATH!! Which is easily treated with common antibiotics. As long as an accurate diagnosis is made you're probably ok. This post brought to you by the RN from the Southwest who has seen patients with the disease, Mostly cowboys and Indians, also some hippies in a commune on the Sandia Mountains, one of whom was an orderly at a local hospital and was stealing antiobiotic to treat his buddies for 'clap' and so kept the plague under control!!
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2006-04-20 10:59 pm (UTC)

plague

For what's worth, bubonic is pandemic in the good USofA, especially in the SouthWest where it's spread by various wild rodents, which as it was noted die of the disease, and then the fleas hop in a nearby warm blood, and if that happens to be human they get the BLACK DEATH!! Which is easily treated with common antibiotics. As long as an accurate diagnosis is made you're probably ok. This post brought to you by the RN from the Southwest who has seen patients with the disease, Mostly cowboys and Indians, also some hippies in a commune on the Sandia Mountains, one of whom was an orderly at a local hospital and was stealing antibiots to treat his buddies for 'clap' and so kept the plague under control!!
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