Squirrel with plague found in Morrison – 9News.com KUSA

Unlike COVID-19, the plague happens naturally in Colorado and is a bacterial disease. People can end up being contaminated through bites from contaminated fleas or by the cough of or direct contact– such as a bite– from an infected animal.

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Plague activity was likewise detected in Broomfield last week in Great Western Reservoir Open Space. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has actually stated there has been a boost in pester activity in Colorado.

Plague can be treated with prescription antibiotics with detected early, the release states. The threat of contracting it low if safety measures are taken:.

Remove sources of food, shelter and access for wild animals around the home.
Do not feed wild animals.
Reduce litter and garbage in your backyard.
Avoid contact with ill or dead animals.
When handling ill family pets, Use preventative measure.
Usage flea and tick control for your pets.
Keep family pets from wandering freely outside the home..

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Felines are highly prone to pester. Dogs are not, though they can get and bring plague-infected fleas, the health department stated, adding that animal owners who suspect their pet might be infected ought to consult a vet.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo.– A squirrel found in the Town of Morrison tested favorable for the bubonic afflict on Saturday, according to Jefferson County Public Health.

The squirrel tested positive Saturday for bubonic plague in what Jeffco Public Health stated was the countys very first case.

The case is the countys first, according to a Jeffco Public Health press release. The health department did not say where in Morrison the animal was found..