Breaking News — Dog Dies and Colorado Resident Tests Positive for Pneumonic Plague
Just a week ago we were told of an outbreak of Tularemia, now an Adams County resident has tested positive for the pneumonic plague and the victim's dog has died.
According to the Denver Post, there are two confirmed cases of the pneumonic plague. Health and state officials are working together to identify the source of the disease. It is believed that the victims contracted the disease in eastern Adams County.
The Colorado State University Veterinarian Diagnostic Laboratory tested the carcass of the victim's dog and said that it tested positive for the plague.
Officials are warning all residents to avoid contact with all rodents in open spaces and on trails. Adding that the plague is transmitted through the fleas of rodents, especially those of prairie dogs.
Signs that you may have contracted the plague include, but are not limited to the sudden onset of a high fever, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting. If you have recently been in contact with a live or dead rodent, it is advisable that you see your doctor.