* The bubonic plague, to be exact. The disease--caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis--led to gangrene (dead, rotting tissue) in human extremities, and was referred to as Black Death. (source: CDC)
But back to my question...What's it gonna be? Dracula or the flea? (Go ahead and take 10 seconds to think about it...)
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EW, look at the flea in that picture! Talk about a blood-sucking monster! SO nasty! The thought of those jumping all over my poor dogs (and/or cats) makes me feel sick to my stomach! (But not as sick as when I looked at this other, much worse, blood- and plague bacteria-filled flea photo from the CDC while researching this post. [retch!])
Where was I? Oh yeah! The "would you rather" question!
But whoops. I might have swayed you with those scary images. So, you know what? Scrub them from your retinas! Check out this comparison chart I made and then answer the question!
THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU GET BITTEN BY...
* Including various aliases & alter egos
|Nasty Plague-Carrying Flea (that was on your dog first, and jumped on you after your dog brought it into the house)*
*And you don't have access to a doctor or antibiotics
|Immortality||An itchy, red bump (and possible severe allergic reaction)|
|Sun allergy||The plague bacteria streaming through your veins to all your vital organs|
|Silver allergy||Bacteria eating stuff inside you and pooing toxins|
|Bad attitude||REALLY BAD SICK|
|Quick, (mostly) painless death*
*I don't know why some people die and some get immortality, but there's a 100% chance it'll be one or the other.
|REALLY, REALLY BAD SICK|
|An unusual affinity for counting things||UNSPEAKABLE SICK|
|A craving for chocolate flavored cereal||DEATH|
|The ability to turn into a bat (the mammal, not a Louisville Slugger)||Your name and picture in the national news, and forever association with the importance of flea bite prevention|
Raise your hand if you'd rather get bitten by the plague-flea! I'm waiting. OK, time's up! Count Chocula for the win! Who wants milk?!
OK, SERIOUSLY. "Would you rather..." is a twisted game meant to shock and disgust your friends and family. And while I'm being honest, the risk of contracting the plague in the U.S. is slim (though greater than getting bitten by a Count). Read all about it at the CDC here.
|No one makes flea costumes for dogs, OK! I know why, too: it's because dog-sized fleas are TOO UGLY AND SCARY FOR ANYONE TO LOOK AT, ESPECIALLY DOG ACTORS NAMED LELE. Scorpions are like ladybugs in comparison.|
FLEAS AND TICKS ARE BLOOD-SUCKING MONSTERS THAT CARRY ALL SORTS OF DISEASES BESIDES PLAGUE
Just when you thought it was safe to go outside... All of these diseases are carried by fleas and/or ticks, putting your sweet pets (and you) at risk!
- parasitic dermatitis (severe allergic reaction)
- Lyme disease
- bartonella (causes "Cat Scratch Fever" in humans)
- rickettsiae (responsible for typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, flea-borne spotted fever and tick bite fever)
- tapeworms (EW!)
FLEAS AND TICKS BITE OUTDOORS AND IN, NO MATTER THE SEASON
It only takes one outdoor fall flea to turn into an indoor winter infestation. (Read my flea infestation horror story here.)
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