Squirrel in Colorado tests positive for bubonic plague
As reported by the Jefferson County website, a bubonic plague positive squirrel was discovered on 11 July 2020. Bubonic plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and is unfortunately an old knowledge, it is known that its presence was detected in the 14th century.
Jefferson’s authorities say that this disease has never been completely eradicated and that cases of bubonic plague occur every year in Colorado.
Is bubonic plague dangerous to humans?
Although it is not so common for humans to contract the disease, it is possible to become infected through close contact with our pets, and in particular through the fleas that pets often carry. It can be very dangerous for cats while our dog friends seem to be better protected from this infection. However in case of infection just contact the doctor in case it happens to the man or the veterinarian if it happens to animals, antibiotic treatments are effective in both cases, but be careful, if neglected the damage is serious.
What to do in order not to contract the bubonic plague
Since the plague is transmitted by fleas or by contact with infected animals, the only solution is to keep your dogs and cats as far away as possible from wild environments where they could be bitten by a rodent or flea from infected animals.
Another good rule of thumb is to keep your garden tidy and clean, with no rubbish lying around or other things that give a good excuse to wild animals to visit you.
In conclusion we can say to be careful but not to be too alarmed by this news, the important thing is to keep our cute cats and dogs safe with a little attention.