Case of human plague identified in northeastern Arizona –

HOLBROOK, Ariz.– County health officials in northeastern Arizona stated a man has contracted the human afflict and are warning the general public to take safety measures to restrict the threat of direct exposure.

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The Navajo County Health Department motivated people to avoid rodent burrows and keep canines on a leash.

Navajo County Assistant Manager Bryan Layton stated Friday that a man over the age of 55 was being treated for the illness in the middle of an investigation into how it was contracted.

Humans generally get afflict after being bitten by a contaminated flea that is carrying the pester bacterium or by managing an animal contaminated with plague. Modern prescription antibiotics are efficient in treating afflict, though the illness can cause major illness or death without timely treatment.

Human symptoms of pester generally appear within two to six days of contact and consist of fever, chills, headaches and typically a swelling of lymph nodes under the underarm.