Plague Kills Monkey at Denver Zoo

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Denver (AP) A Capuchin monkey at the Denver Zoo who died of plague is prompting increased precautions to prevent an epidemic.

Zoo officials learned Friday that the eight-year-old monkey that died Wednesday tested positive for the disease. More than a dozen squirrels and at least one rabbit have been found dead of plague in the City Park area, which includes the zoo.

State Health Department Epidemiologist John Pape says it's unusual for the plague to spread into metro areas.

He and Zoo Veterinarian David Kenny suspect the dead monkey may have ingested the carcass of an infected squirrel.

No other zoo animals have shown signs of illness, but the monkeys have been placed in a caged display for observations and have been given antibiotics.