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Colorado house cat tests positive for bubonic plague

A Colorado house cat examined positive for the bubonic plague late final month, state well being officers stated.

The kitty within the city of Evergreen doubtless picked up the infectious illness in an encounter with a sick rodent akin to a rat, Jefferson County Public Health introduced in a press release.

Jim Rada, the company’s director of environmental well being providers, stated within the assertion that “it is normal and expected” that some animals would get the plague in Jefferson every year.

“The good news is that modern antibiotics are effective against plague, and as long as it is treated promptly, severe complications, illness or death can be avoided,” Rada stated.

Plague, accountable for killing hundreds of thousands of Europeans within the Middle Ages, is brought on by the micro organism Yersinia pestis and is commonly unfold to people via flea bites, or coughs or direct contact with contaminated animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cats are sometimes uncovered to the illness by consuming or coming into contact with rodents, the CDC stated.

Health officers in Colorado imagine the cat doubtless picked up the infectious illness in an encounter with a sick rodent.
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“The bottom line is people — and their pets — should avoid contact with any species of wild rodent, especially ones that are sick, dying or already dead,” Rada stated.

Colorado has had a number of instances of plague already this year. A ten-year-old-girl died from causes associated to the plague in La Plata County in July, based on the Associated Press.

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