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From: weezul
Date: 2001-06-24 19:15:00 UTC
Subject: Re report about bubonic plague in prairie dogs

Hi guys

I read a report on the ABC news site about bubonic
plague being discovered amongst prairie dogs in
Colorado Springs - apparently due to fleas.

That made me wonder about black footed ferrets
catching the disease and, obviously, if it could
spread via fleas to other animals.

Any ideas?

owned by 6


Bubonic Plague Death?

Tests show bubonic plague is present among prairie
dogs in a field near the city's airport, and county
health officials are investigating the death of a
28-year-old man who had plague-like symptoms.

Dr. Tisha Dowe, head of the El Paso County Department
of Health and Environment, on Tuesday ordered warning
signs posted to keep people out of the area.

A man who lived near the prairie dog colony died
Monday after suffering symptoms similar to those
caused by the plague. Tests to determine the cause of
death will take several days, officials said.
The plague is deadly in humans if left untreated. It
spreads through bites from infected fleas.

County health officials collected fleas and at least
one dead prairie dog from the colony and shipped them
to the federal Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention to test for plague.

Dowe said the man who died, whose name wasn't being
released immediately, frequently rode a bicycle
through the area where the infection was found.

— Copyright © 2001 ABC News Internet Ventures.

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