Mesa County Woman May Have Bubonic Plague

Mesa County officials health believe a local woman may be infected with the bubonic plague. There has been only one other case of bubonic plague reported this year in the state, but Western Colorado may be home to the second. Health officials believe a Gateway woman may have been infected with it from a flea brought home by one of her cats.

This would be the first case reported in Mesa County in several decades. Bubonic plague is the most common form of human plague and is transmitted by the bite of fleas infected with the bacteria.

Although the health department is still awaiting the test results for the woman, they do believe she could be infected. If she is, it's very treatable. To reduce your risk of the bubonic plague rodent proof your home, avoid camping near rodent burrows, use insect repellent, and treat all pets for fleas.

Also, the Mesa County Health Department wants people to report sudden die–offs or multiple dead animals they might see.

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