There have been laboratory-confirmed reports of plagues in animals and feels from six different counties according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
LaPlata County, one of the six counties with the confirmed plague, had a ten-year-old resident die from causes associated with the plague. According to the CDPHE laboratory testing has confirmed that the presence of plague was in a sample of fleas collected in the county.
Five other counties have been confirmed to have detected the plague as well which are: San Miguel, Boulder, Adams, Huerfano, and El Paso.
The plague is caused by bacteria that can be transmitted to humans by direct contact with infected animals or by the bites of infected fleas.
According to the CDPHE, if deleted early enough in infection the plague is treatable in both pets and people. Early-set symptoms include the sudden onset of high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.
The Deputy State Epidemiologist and Public Health Veterinarian for CDPHE, Jennifer House, states that “In Colorado, we expect to have fleas test positive for plague during the summer months. Awareness and precautions can help prevent the disease in people. While it’s rare for people to contract plague, we want to make sure everyone knows the symptoms. The disease is treatable if caught early. Let a medical provider know if you think you have symptoms of plague or if you think you’ve been exposed."
Some helpful tips from the CDPHE to avoid the plague are as follows:
- Protect pets with flea treatment and keep them on a leash and out of wild rodent habitats
- If you enter areas inhabited by wild rodents, wear insect repellent and tuck in your pant cuffs
- Do not touch dead or sick animals
- Contact a veterinarian if your pet becomes ill with a high fever and/or an abscess (i.e. open sore) or swollen lymph nodes. Pets with plague can transmit the illness to humans.
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