Another plague death in Colorado

News tidbit:

Centuries after ravaging millions, the plague has come to modern-day Colorado — killing one person in Pueblo County, authorities say.

Source: Adult dies of plague in Colorado – CNN.com

A teenager in Larimer County died earlier in 2015 from the plague. Plague pops up occasionally in the West via prairie dogs and other rodents and can be spread by fleas. In April, an outbreak that sickened people was traced to a dog that had been infected.

  4 comments for “Another plague death in Colorado

  1. Richard
    August 6, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    I’m wondering if some TV evangelists are taking this as a sign of the impending apocalypse & second coming of Jesus rather than a public health issue.

  2. Fredthechemist
    August 6, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    This is not a surprise for anyone who has lived in the southwest. When I lived in Denver there were warnings every summer to leave dead squirrels, etc. alone and to call the health department to have them picked up and tested. There were occasional human cases, although I recall no fatalities.

  3. August 9, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    And another case, this from California.

    A Los Angeles girl is being treated for plague that experts think she may have caught in California’s Yosemite National Park.
    Girl Being Treated for Plague after Trip to Yosemite

  4. September 3, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    It spreads through bites from infected fleas. County health officials collected fleas and at least one dead prairie dog from the colony and shipped them to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test for plague.

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