A second case of human plague has been reported in Colorado this summer time and state well being officers are urging residents to take precautions to forestall publicity.
A resident of a rural county within the state has been identified with plague and the case was reported to the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Surroundings on Thursday, in line with a information launch. A southwest Colorado resident was identified earlier this summer time.
Each instances stem from publicity to sick animals — a squirrel and a cat, in line with the CDPHE launch.
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“These are the primary instances of human plague reported within the state since 2015,” the well being division mentioned. “Up to now 10 years, there have been 14 instances of human plague in Colorado.”
Plague micro organism had been confirmed this yr in rodents in Broomfield, Jefferson and Adams counties; and in a cat in Elbert County. Plague might be present in rodents yr spherical, it is usually present in wildlife and pets together with canine and cats.
Precautions towards being contaminated with plague embrace:
Don’t deal with wildlife.
Preserve pets away from wildlife, particularly lifeless rodents and rabbits.
Don’t let canine or cats hunt prairie canine, squirrels, voles, different rodents, or rabbits.
Deal with all pets for fleas in line with a veterinarian’s recommendation.
“Plague is mostly unfold to folks by the chunk of an contaminated flea but in addition could also be transmitted by contaminated animal tissues, fluids, or respiratory droplets,” in line with the discharge.
Individuals who suspect publicity ought to contact a physician or well being care supplier instantly. Signs, in line with the discharge, embrace sudden fever, headache, chills, weak point, and tender, painful lymph nodes. If caught early, plague might be handled with antibiotics in folks and pets.
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