Number of pneumonic plague victims rises to 4 in Colorado

July 19, 2014 5:03 AM

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Number of pneumonic plague victims rises to 4 in Colorado

A total of four pneumonic plague cases have been detected in Adams County, Colorado and these could be linked to infection from a dog which was found dead from the same illness. The officials of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are of the opinion that the dog may have been infected by fleas from a rabbit or prairie dog. All four have recovered from the disease after being treated with antibiotics and the contagion has since been curtailed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that plague infects at least seven people every year especially in the western states of New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. Yersinia pestis is a bacterium that infects animals such as mice, chipmunks, squirrels and prairie dogs and these are...

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