In a statement, the authorities warned that plague, an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, can be contracted by humans and pets. They have stated that humans can be infected by flea bites, coughing from an infected animal, or coming into direct contact with the blood or tissue of an infected animal.Cats are very susceptible to plague and can get it from flea bites or a scratch or bite from a rodent, or by ingesting a rodent. Cats can also die if not treated properly with antibiotics, officials said.
Dogs are not as susceptible to the plague, the statement said. However, dogs can pick up and carry plague-infected fleas.
Authorities advise pet owners who live near or suspect populations of wild animals to seek medical advice from a veterinarian.
In his statement, Jefferson County Public Health recommended several precautions to protect yourself from the plague, including eliminating sources of food and shelter for wild animals, preventing sick or dead wild animals and rodents, and consulting veterinarians on flea and tick control.
“The risk of catching the plague is extremely low as long as precautions are taken,” the statement said.
The statement said that symptoms of the plague include the sudden onset of high fever, chills, headache, nausea and extreme pain and swelling of the lymph nodes, which can occur in both. seven days after exposure to bacteria.
Colorado report arrives about a week aftera suspected case of bubonic plague in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia. The Associated Press reported that Bayannur district authorities issued a plague warning earlier this month, ordering residents not to hunt wild animals such as groundhogs. He also ordered residents to send anyone with fever or other possible signs of infection for treatment.
The plague killed millions of people worldwide in the Middle Ages, and epidemics have occurred since, including the Great Plague in London in the 1600s.
Today, the plague can be fatal in up to 90% of those infected, if left untreated. The CDC said modern antibiotics are effective in treating it.
“Currently, human plague infections continue to occur in rural areas of the western United States, but many more cases occur in parts of Africa and Asia,” said the CDC.