A 10-year-old girl has died of plague in Colorado. As the disease is found in more places in animals, health officials are asking for caution.
There are six this month Districts (Municipalities) Traces of plague were found on rodents or fleas. One of those districts was La Plata County, where the woman lived. She did not know how she got the disease.
“Although the disease is rare, it still occurs. People need immediate medical attention if symptoms develop, “said Jennifer House, a public health expert.
The local health department advises people in the state to treat pets with flea repellent, stay away from rodents, and not kill any lawn dogs that visit the yard.
Plague is a disease that we mainly associate with the Middle Ages. The epidemic at that time was estimated to have killed one-third of the European population at the time.
Caused by disease yersinia pestis, A bacterium that can carry fleas and rodents. The disease is highly contagious and can spread from person to person. If the plague is not treated in a timely manner, the effect is often dangerous.
It no longer happens in the Netherlands
Plague no longer occurs in the Netherlands. The last time a person had the disease was in 1929. The plague has not yet been eradicated from the rest of the world. The disease is rarely seen in South Africa, especially in Central Asia.
The disease also occurs in the western United States. The plague here is mainly spread by squirrels, rats and prairie dogs. A local newspaper writes that there were 22 known plague cases in humans in Colorado from 2015 to 2020 The Denver Post. The last time anyone in the United States died of plague was in 2015.
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