Case of plague first in CO since 2006

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By: KKCO - Email

A camper near Pagosa Springs has contracted bubonic plague, Colorado’s first case since 2006.

While on a family camping trip at the Cimmarona Campground, the person contracted the plague.

The San Juan Basin Health Department did not give the victim's age or gender, but warning signs are being posted in the campground.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an average of seven cases of plague each year across the country.

Most human cases tend to occur in rural areas in the southwest.

Symptoms of plague begin two to six days after a person is bitten by an infected flea, rodent or cat. The plague can be successfully treated if diagnosed promptly, so KKCO 11 News is helping you know more about how to recognize it.

The plague can be transmitted through flea bites, contact with contaminated fluid or tissue or infected 'droplets' from a persons cough that are then inhaled by others.

Symptoms of the bubonic plague are sudden fever, chills, weakness and one or more swollen, tender and painful lymph nodes. The bacteria multiply in the area where the infected flea bit a human. It can spread through the body if not treated with antibiotics.

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