Plague confirmed in 6 Colorado counties after child's death
COLORADO, USA — Plague activity has been confirmed in six counties, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE).
CDPHE said it is working with local health departments to investigate plague activity, and has confirmed its presence in animals and fleas in six counties through laboratory testing.
That includes La Plata County, where the 10-year-old died from plague-related causes earlier this month.
Plague is cause by a bacteria (Yersinia pestis) that can be transmitted to humans through bites from infected fleas or contact with infected animals, CDPHE said.
Plague is often detected in the following animals:
- Rock squirrels
- Other species of ground squirrels and chipmunks
- Prairie dogs
Lack of prairie dog activity above ground and decreased rodent activity in areas where it is normal can be signs of plague activity in an area.
CDPHE advises residents to not kill prairie dogs, as it could increase the risk of transmission and spread.
>Video above from 2019: UCHealth expert talks plague after outbreak in prairie dogs in Commerce City.
Most human plague cases are contracted …
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