Bubonic Plague in Montrose County

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Bubonic plague makes another appearance in Montrose and San Miguel counties.

The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office is asking residents to monitor their pets since the disease is mainly spread through fleas. A spokeswoman says 80% to 90% of 900 tested prairie dogs near Norwood came back positive for the plague.

Human symptoms include fever headache, weakness, rapidly developing pneumonia, and swelling. If you’re worried your pet is infected, cats and dogs can pass the disease onto pet owners; take notice if your pet loses its appetite, becomes lethargic, starts coughing or has a swollen neck. These symptoms could mean your pet has been infected by a flea carrying the Bubonic plague virus.