Squirrel Tests Positive for Bubonic Plague in Colorado


A squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the bubonic plague. Officials report that it is the first case of plague in The Town of Morrison, southwest of Denver.

"Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, and can be contracted by humans and household animals," public health officials stated, according to Page Six.

They also made a point to say that as long as proper precautions are taken, risk of transmission is "extremely low." Humans can get the disease if bit by an infected flea or animal.

Officials continued to state warn of the dangers to cats. "Cats are highly susceptible to plague and may die if not treated promptly with antibiotics. Cats can contract plague from flea bites, a rodent scratch/bite or ingestion of a rodent," they wrote.

"Dogs are not as susceptible to plague; however, they may pick up and carry plague-infected rodent fleas," they continued.

According to Page Six, you must consult a veterinarian if you suspect your pet may be sick. Symptoms of the plague include high fever, chills, headache, and nausea among other signs of illness.

Plague can be treated with antibiotics if caught early enough.

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