Outbreak of Bubonic plague in Peru
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 8, 2012 7:07 AM Last Post By: xinloi
Nov 7, 2012 10:37 AM
Outbreak of Bubonic plague in PeruAccording to newspaper reports, three people have been diagnosed with the Bubonic plague a.k.a. "Black Death", in the town of Ascope, one hour north-east of Trujillo in Northern Peru.
A previous outbreak of the disease happened in the same town, in the year 2010. The local health authorities have put all hospitals in the province on alert, and are conducting a clean.up of the town, removing garbage and fighting the rats that harbour fleas which are thought to transmit the disease. They also are trying to reduce the rat population at the "mayorista" market in Trujillo, where produce from the surrounding valleys is sold.
Source: El Comercio
Nov 7, 2012 11:32 AM
1Should make for a different and quite interesting holiday. How many people can say that they have experienced life in 14th century Europe?
Nov 7, 2012 12:25 PM
2It has been present in New Mexico for years. Formerly most cases were in rural areas but new housing developments moving into those same areas have seen plague cases too.
Nov 7, 2012 12:33 PM
3Interesting. Maybe Trujillo and Albuquerque should look at developing sister city ties?
Nov 7, 2012 1:20 PM
4Albuquerque collects sister cities. They already have 10. Why not 11?
Nov 7, 2012 1:30 PM
5Ashegebat in Turkmenistan? Oh well, seems to make more sense than Sasebo, Japan. Given that these things are usually used as an excuse for the occasional overseas holiday by elected city officials, I think they've chosen pretty poorly.
Still, I reckon tourism must be booming there as a result of Breaking Bad.
Nov 7, 2012 2:15 PM
6Indeed. They could promote tourism with this... where are all the volunteers?
Appropiate partner cities would be La Oroya in central Peru (listed in the 10 most polluted cities in the world), or San Pedro Sula in Honduras (highest murder rate).
I wouldn't follow news on this if I hadn't been there already. Ascope has one famous tourist attraction: a giant, mile-long aqueduct from the Mochica and Chimu culture. Ascope aqueduct
Nov 7, 2012 2:30 PM
7Actually Albuquerque is quite an interesting little city with more than the average places to eat well (not just breakfast burritos and green chile) and some interesting new music. But there is the small matter of the plague. There is Hanta too, of course. But everywhere has its downside. Probably a fair choice of sister city for Trujillo when things are balanced out.
The important thing about plague is knowing when someone has it in order to serve up the correct antibiotics. At least they know it is there.
Nov 7, 2012 8:17 PM
Nov 8, 2012 7:07 AM
9Ever watch the PBS show on Drug Resistent TB in Lima? Makes one wonder about going there...but I still go back.
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