Bubonic Plague Hits New Mexico & California Animals

The Bubonic plague – yes, the black death that killed almost 60% of Europe during the dark ages – has been reported in New Mexico and California.

New Mexico officials are warning residents in the East Mountains and Santa Fe county that the bubonic plague was found in two local dogs. Residents are being advised to keep their dogs and cats away from rodents, as officials fear they could be carrying Black Death-laden fleas.

miceplagueWhile researchers aren’t 100% sure where the dogs contracted the deadly disease, they are warning that animals like rabbits, chipmunks, and squirrels are the most likely carriers. This means even humans should be careful while hunting in the area, as the Bubonic plague can be contracted through tissues or fluids while handling an animal that is sick or dead from the plague.

At the same time California health officials are warning of increased plague activity in El Dorado County. This has promoted them to issue a warning for residents to stay away from chipmunks and squirrels.

The last time the world seen an outbreak of Bubonic plague, was during the Third Pandemic that started in 1855. This pandemic killed an estimated 12 million people throughout the world. Since 1900, there have only been 999 confirmed or probable Bubonic plague cases in the U.S. Most of the cases have been found in the New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado area and in Nevada, Oregon and California.


  1. Lisa
    June 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I can wrap my head around most topics, but I don’t know where to start when it comes to prepping for this type of threat. These pandemics and plagues scare me the most because based on history they seem to be most probable.

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      Off Grid Survival
      June 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      In this case I don’t think there’s anything to panic about yet. I posted the article as a warning for all the hikers, hunters and outdoorsmen who travel in these areas.

      These types of animals (chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits or any type of rodent) can carry all sorts of nasty diseases, so being cautious while your around them or handling them is always a good idea. For those who hunt and trap them, make sure you are following good hygiene practices and wearing gloves if you have open cuts.

      Also, if your worried about pandemics check out our article on Preparing for Pandemics at https://offgridsurvival.com/preparingforapandemic/

      • Theresa rich
        June 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

        My understanding is that it’s the feces of these animals that are spreading the disease. So be careful where you pitch your tent. And sweep out any cabins you might use. One national park in California raised its cabins off the ground in an attempt to make them safer (so the mice can’t get in).

        • Will Cushman
          July 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

          I believe you are thinking of hantavirus, a dangerous illness contracted by inhaling dust from dried droppings from infected rodents.
          Plague is spread by the bites of fleas that have been on infected animals, typically rodents.

    • Rose
      June 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      There is a product called “Thieves” that has been formulated because of the spice vendor who didn’t contract the plague when it was going through Europe.These vendors would loot the homes and people and take everything from the bodies of the dead. When asked by the king as to the reason, they could only conclude it was the combination of spices they were selling. Thieves is antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal!!!! I have some and am an independent distributor of the product. I have enough on hand for our family for a while.

      • Bee Girl (AKA Melissa)
        June 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

        We keep Thieves Oil on hand as well…the bonus is that it smells nice (in my opinion) so it isn’t a bother to wear it :-)

      • 72cinjin
        June 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        Thieves Oil is easy to make, so long as you get the correct types of oil. Commercially sold oils in many “healthfood stores” are not always steam-distilled. You’ll want to get the good stuff. Just don’t by “Young’s Living Essential Oils”, unless you can afford a 0.00 balance in your bank account. They’re VERY expensive and overpriced. Here are the basic ingredients:

        1 Tablespoon Clove

        1 Tablespoon Lemon or Lemongrass

        2 ½ teaspoons Cinnamon Bark

        2 teaspoons Eucalyptus

        2 teaspoons Rosemary

        Any raw, organic carrier oil, such as coconut/sweet almond/olive/grapeseed oil.

        Mix all these then add to your favorite carrier oil of equal amounts. (roughly 4 or 5 Tablespoons) Apply under the tongue, neat, bottoms of feet, or pulse points (my personal preference).

        • Akoillady
          June 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm

          I only use Young Living. You get what you pay for and I would not trust any other company with the health of my family. I also would not take other oils internally as most are adulterated and state not for internal use. Where as Young Living’s you can take internally. Just my opinion and I have used their oils for over 10 years.

          • CS
            June 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

            I really like Thieves and I use Young Living oils. However, last fall my husband got Q Fever and Lyme disease at the same time by being bitten by something (?) here in Arizona. When my husband got sick, within seven days he couldn’t stand up straight, he had sweats, his muscles were locking up at night in bed, muscle tremors when moving, and resting tremors so he would shake when not even trying to move. It was extremely fast, and very scary. He used Thieves all day every day to control the skin crawling sensations from his nerves, but it DID NOT take away the illness. After six weeks of being undiagnosed by normal doctors he went to an integrative clinic, and for the next three months he had six hours of IVs every day; three types of rotating antibiotics and the alternative therapies like hydrogen peroxide, ozone therapy, silver, and vitamins and 20 tablets of Himalayan salt every day. It still took him six months to get back to about 98% normal.

            I really want to caution people about thinking that they can simply use essential oils for very serious illnesses (i.e. Bubonic Plague!)They may work for colds and flus, but sometimes you actually need to take advantage of an integrated approach (modern medicine + holistic medicine).

            Today, we do not have the same type of immune strength as people back then who were raiding the houses of the dead from the plague using only Thieves oils on their face masks. Back then they ate rotten meat, didn’t disinfect cuts, etc., and their immune systems were used to killing quite strong pathogens that got into the body.

            Today, however, is a different story. I’m all for curing MOST things using holistic measures, even cancer, but these fast-moving illnesses with extremely high fatality rates are a different matter.

          • Sophia Smiled
            July 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

            Using Young Living oils would absolutely help prevent infection and spread of this (or any) virus and if such a situation arose, I would most definitely use them. However, this would be one of those times where one should use homeopathic remedies, which you can make yourself, specific to the exact illness you or a family member may catch. Doing so may be the ONLY way to survive such an outbreak. If you don’t know how to make a homeopathic remedy or have never used or studied them, now might be a good time to look into it! :-)

      • Bullshit
        June 27, 2013 at 8:32 pm

        interesting – 2 dogs were found to be infected. and you have something for sale? Shocking… I dont have any issue with your business, just youur marketing tactics. Corporate America is looking for you Lisa.

    • lachelle
      June 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Sound the alarm! Please, this is just another ‘ put fear into the masses tactic’. Next there will be a vaccination for bubonic plague and all the sheeple will run out and make big pharma rich. Then there will be an outright war on the precious little forest creatures. ‘”Yeah, I done killed them dang critters, aint gonna put my kin at risk of no bubonic plague” Oh and lets use the statistics from 1855 when people were living in filth and there was little medical knowledge and people died from infections. Good grief, get a handle.

    • Ace
      June 27, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Everyone knows that God is going to judge the nation with 7 trumpet judgments. What is never discussed is that God must judge His own first:

      1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

      And just how many will make it through this judgment of God’s own people?

      1Pe 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

      So, where is it written about this judgment coming to pass?

      Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

      We all need to judge ourselves. forget about the others. Take care of yourself and get ready for this is part of the 4 plagues. It is death. This means pestilence.


      • Bobbie
        June 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        Don’t bring the bible and god into this. This is a virus from nature. Nowhere else.

    • Phil
      July 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Being a native of New Mexico it is some thing you live with. A few common sense protocols and you have little to fear. If you have a dog or cat make sure that they are currant on their rabies shot. Always avoided skunks, bats, and any dead animal or one that is acting aggressive or abnormal. If bit get medical treatment ASAP. If you kill the animal save they head.

  2. GPA
    June 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Another distraction and human released plague…enriched with some GMO additives…?

    More vaccines to sell out :/

    • Keri
      June 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Wow…that was my first thought too! Crazy!

      • Iggy's Mama
        June 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        Mine too.

        • trish noll
          June 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

          mine too

  3. Arrow
    June 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I dont know if they have a treatment for this plague but I will tell you that MMS can cure it. Learn about mms and stock up on it as I have.

    Does it kill cats, this plague? Do they become carriers?

    • CJ
      June 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      What is MMS?

      • roberta daigle
        August 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

        I read something about Peroxide for curing plague is this true

    • AW
      June 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Oh come on, what does MMS do what hydrogen peroxide doesn’t? Exaclty, adding chloride into the body besides the hydrogen.

      So, don’t use MMS, but use hydrogen peroxide for increasing the oxygen in the body. This way anaerobic micro-organisms can’t survive while the good aerobic micro-organisms will thrive.

      Really, don’t use MMS if hydrogen peroxide is all you need.

      • liam armstrong
        June 28, 2013 at 5:04 am

        how do you use the peroxide,i have it..but not sure how to use it..

    • PJ
      June 27, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      M&Ms? Cool! I like that kind of medicine…

  4. carol calhoun
    June 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    it has been proven that the survivors had some genetic immunity and were not affected-would be interesting to ever find out whose DNA is immune these days-

  5. chughes
    June 26, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I live in New Mexico and we have a few reported cases of bubonic plague each year, mostly carried by prairie dogs (squirrels are scarce in the parts where plague is traditionally active). I’d wager the situation is the same in CA. Don’t worry too much over it.

  6. Jeremiah
    June 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

    to say “The last time the world seen an outbreak of Bubonic plague, was during the Third Pandemic that started in 1855. ” is incorrect and playing to peoples fears. The plague has been here in the US for over a century. There are outbreaks of bubonic plague every spring when the fleas get their lifecycle going. Its about as common as hantavirus or any other rodent disease. The issue is when people are infected (again- every year.) If you had said “The last time the world saw a pandemic of Bubonic plague…” would have been more accurate. As it is, this article comes off as fear mongering. http://www.cdc.gov/plague/images/CasesbyYear_barchart_1970-2012.gif

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      Off Grid Survival
      June 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

      If you read my comment above, you will see that that article has nothing to do with fear mongering. It was posted mainly for those who trap, hunt, or camp around these areas. And my statement about an outbreak is true. Yes the plague has been here all along – which is pointed out in the 999 cases over the last 100 years – but there has not been a major outbreak where it’s spread among people in over 100 years.

      The last time there was a major outbreak was with the Third Pandemic.

      • Diane
        June 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        ty for posting this

  7. Damize
    June 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Honestly, I Don’t see how this is a problem. We can treat the plague now a lot better than we could before, and really, if you lance the sores, you should be fine.

  8. Cactus Licker
    June 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Don’t freak out people. I live in New Mexico in the Southeastern mountains and Bubonic plague has been endemic here for ages. Hanta virus and anthrax too. We have cases of it every year, though it isn’t usually reported unless it gets bad enough that someone who doesn’t know about it reports it when their dog keels over or similar. Most of us put any sick acting animals down with a high power rifle round to the head at a distance, and rarely has it been contracted by people. This area is remote. Not many visitors come here, and those of us out here know about it. It is no weaponized bug. It is part of the environment.

    • Veronica Lanz
      June 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      …and completely treatable. Yersinia pestis is in our environment and killed off most people with AB, then B, then A. People with type 0 blood did not have the markers that Y. pestis needs to get into the cell. So now the predominant blood type is type A (learned that when I was in school to become a medical laboratory technologist).

  9. Forgiven
    June 27, 2013 at 2:22 am

    This a sign of the last days, as quoted in the word of God

    • tom
      June 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      No it is not.

      • Delrey
        June 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        I was wondering when religion would enter

        • Bobbie
          June 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm

          Yeah, I was wondering too.

  10. Lakeofthesky
    June 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I’m in El Dorado Co. and though there are a few reports, it’s the holiday season I’m sure we’ll hear little about it as it endangers our tourism economy. The reports were in recreation areas with heavier rodent/squirrel populations.

  11. Joe
    June 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    My first thought was, “surely Medieval Europe,” not the Dark Ages.

  12. New Jersey Militia
    June 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    WAKE UP my fellow American brethren. The “Black Plaque” has been found in all the border states that have been infected with the “Brown Plague”, of course I’m referring to the illegal enemy invasion from mexico. It’s those filthy cockroaches that are invading our country that are bringing in the “Black Death” plaque, and the traitors in Washington D.C. are giving amnesty to the over 60 million law breaking invaders. America will be lost to mexico with this amnesty. HANG THE TRAITORS!!!

    • Delrey
      June 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Yes indeed Look what happened when the Indians allowed those cockroaches in from England…They destroyed the planet.

    • I Know Geography
      June 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Yes, because we all know that Colorado is a border state…. smh

    • charlie
      July 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      You ought check your own roots and find out if your own family is indigenous to the country before you criticise others.. Maybe your own ancestors ought to have been refused entry then you may not have become such a hypocrite..

  13. Tommi
    June 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Where are your sources for this information? Any decent Journalist would list where they get this information from. To not do so and fail to follow basic journalistic principles make people right your article off as hearsay or scare mongering. I am not claiming it is either but a little bit more professionalism would go a long way in this case.

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      Off Grid Survival
      June 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      The little things with underlines are called links, most people realize this before complaining about sources!

  14. who gives a rats...
    June 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    sources? Interesting article but lacks any sources. Boo. Remember – be afraid, very afraid…

  15. that is crazy
    June 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    The gov’t would have a vaccine, but would they use it?

  16. Susan Hilburn
    June 28, 2013 at 6:14 am

    What I find interesting here is that it has transitioned to dogs. As far as I know up to now this disease has been carried by rodent fleas only – thus the low rate of infection in the US. If it has made the jump to dog fleas(a different species)then no one would be completely safe. SH

    • Cactus Licker
      June 29, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      It doesn’t have to switch flea species to infect anything. Fleas of any type will at least try to feed on a warm animal if in close proximity. It is rare for anything other than rodents to catch it though. Rabbits are the easiest to see it on if it is in the area. There have been dogs, boar, and deer found with it in my locale over the years… and now we have rabies outbreak. Gotta love the desert, where everything bites, stings, or stabs you… if dehydration doesn’t kill you first. haha

  17. Rainey
    July 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

    You people need to read a book called, “We Want To LIve” by Aajonus Vonderplanitz. First of all, viruses aren’t contagious. Contagion is an illusion created when people and animals in the same locations detox in response to seasonal cues, and increases in toxins. Viruses are not living things, and they are created by our bodies to detox different poisons. The important thing to realize is that the Earth was not as pristinely clean in olden times as we have been led to believe. The plagues of the past happened when people detoxed old war, and other toxins left by previous civilizations. If bubonic “plague” is showing up, it’s just more corporate poisoning of land, air and water. The belief in contagion, and a fear of Nature is one of the most powerful methods of control.

  18. Bill Otinger
    July 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    During the Bubonic Plague of Europe, Ships that Deliverd Supplies with Rats infected with Fleas Spread it from Country to Country Fast, People eating off SILVER were not INFECTED, see how to make your own Colloidal Silver Water on youtube, if you buy it it cost $10.00 an ounce, you can Make 500 Gal for about $40.00, Its also what they give Astronauts when they send them into Space, Also see Inventor by age 14, COLONEL Dr Bob Beck Protocols on the internet

  19. Ann
    April 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Remember, fleas jump from dead infected animals onto humans. So just stay away from them altogether. Being around rodents or touching them spreads the virus.

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