By Calvin Palmer
An eight-year-old boy has died from the bubonic plague and his 10-year-old sister is in hospital recovering.
New Mexico Health Department announced the boy’s death today. The two cases are the first human plague cases in the United States so far this year.
Health officials are investigating the family’s residence in Santa Fe County to determine if there is an ongoing risk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an average of 10 to 15 persons contract the plague each year in the United States. Modern antibiotics are an effective treatment.
Fundamentalist religious zealots, and a great many people in northeast Florida, will obviously attribute the outbreak of the plague and the boy’s death to the wrath of God for electing Barack Obama as president.
The outbreak of what is thought of as a medieval disease is in keeping with their medieval mentality.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]