Plague discovered in 6 Colorado counties after 10-year-old dies

Plague discovered in 6 Colorado counties after 10-year-old dies

LAPLATA COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says there have been laboratory confirmed reports of plague in animals and fleas from six counties. One of the six counties with confirmed plague is LaPlata County, where a 10-year-old resident died from causes associated with plague. Laboratory testing has since confirmed the presence of plague in a sample of fleas collected in the county, according to CDPHE. We reached out to CDPHE to find out what other counties plague has been confirmed in. We are waiting to hear back. CDPHE said that plague is caused by bacteria that can be transmitted to humans by the bites of infected fleas or by direct contact with infected animals. If detected early in infection, plague is treatable in both people and pets. Symptoms include the sudden on-set of high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes, according to CDPHE. “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 …
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