A squirrel infected with plague in Colorado, the first local case this year
14th local time, according to American Broadcasting Corporation reported that a squirrel was infected with bubonic plague on Saturday in Morrison, Colorado, the first local case of plague this year. Local public health officials told the media on Tuesday that someone in the town reported seeing at least 15 dead squirrels in the town. It is reported that humans can contract plague through flea bites, coughs from infected animals, or direct contact with blood or tissues from infected animals. Cats are very sensitive to plague, and cats may die if antibiotics are not used properly. Dogs are less sensitive to plague, however, dogs can carry fleas infected with plague. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if left untreated, the plague mortality rate can be as high as 90%.