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Tercer caso de peste bubónica en EE.UU.

Las autoridades de salud de Colorado han confirmado un tercer caso de peste bubónica o conocida como la peste negra en Estados Unidos en lo que va del año. El residente del condado Pueblo se infectó con la bacteria Yersinia pestis, sin que se conozcan detalles sobre el origen o la forma de contagio.

El paciente, quien había sido hospitalizado la semana pasada, ha mostrado una mejora en su estado de salud, informó Trysten García, portavoz del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente del Condado Pueblo (PDPHE). Este es el tercer caso del año, con dos casos previos reportados en Oregón y Nuevo México.

Las autoridades advierten sobre los riesgos de contagio, indicando que las mascotas no deben cazar roedores ni deambular por colonias de perritos de las praderas. Los CDC también recomiendan evitar el contacto con animales infectados y utilizar medidas preventivas contra pulgas.

Alicia Solís, directiva del PDPHE, señaló que la peste bubónica se puede tratar con antibióticos si se detecta a tiempo. Sin tratamiento oportuno, la enfermedad puede causar complicaciones graves o la muerte. No existe una vacuna, y la tasa de mortalidad varía entre el 30 % y 60 %, según la OMS.

Históricamente, la peste bubónica causó millones de muertes en Europa en el siglo XIV. Actualmente, es endémica en ciertas áreas de África y América del Sur. En EE.UU., se registran aproximadamente siete casos por año, con el último brote significativo ocurrido en Los Ángeles en la década de 1920.

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