Colorado girl, 7, leaves hospital after recovering from “black death” bubonic plague
CBS/AP) DENVER - A 7-year-old girl who reportedly was infected with the bubonic plague after burying a dead squirrel is now well enough to go home.
Sierra Jane Downing of Pagosa Springs, Colo. left the Denver hospital Monday afternoon.
Her father had taken her to an emergency room in Pagosa Springslate Aug. 24 after she had a seizure and 107-degree fever. Sierra Jane eventually was flown to Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, where doctors diagnosed her with bubonic plague.
Sierra Jane started to recover after being treated with antibiotics.
“I really am excited to see my sissies again,” the girl said at the press conference according toCBS station KCNC-TV in Denver.
She also added that she couldn’t wait to eat the chicken nuggets at school.
People typically contract the bubonic plague from bites from infected fleas, but can also get it by direct contact with infected animals including rodents, rabbits and pets. A Johnson & Johnson antibiotic was approved by the FDA in April 2012 to combat the disease. In laboratory tests, 94 percent of the monkeys given the medicine were cured of the plauge and survived.
Darcy Downing said her daughter may have been infected by insects near a dead squirrel that Sierra Jane wanted to bury while the family was camping in southwest Colorado. Her mother told reporters that she was “so thankful” that her daughter survived.
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