Plague case confirmed in Michigan

September 15, 2015 2:31 AM

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The Marquette County adult is recovering after apparently contracting the rare flea-borne illness during a trip to Colorado. Officials are reassuring the public there is no cause for alarm, despite the disease's connection to the microorganism that caused the Black Death plague in Europe in the 1300s, killing millions and reshaping history.

"It’s the same organism but in this case, the infection resides in a lymph node," said Terry Frankovich, medical director for the Marquette County Health Department.

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