DENVER, Colorado – Pests infected with the plague – yes, the plague – closed parts of a Denver city and wildlife sanctuary this summer in late July, as a precautionary measure after the disease was discovered, the US said Fish and wild animal service with.
Unaffected Protected Areas were reopened on Saturday, but other locations in Commerce City, a suburb north of Denver, remain closed until Labor Day weekend The Tri-County Health Department reported:
"The prairie dog colonies are being monitored and caves are being treated with insecticides, but there is still evidence of fleas in the walking and camping areas that could endanger humans and pets. Therefore, these areas remain closed, "said John M. Douglas, Jr., the Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Department ,
Despite its name and fatal history, no human infections were reported.
In the Middle Ages, the plague, at least in the United States, is rare and generally treatable.
The plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and, according to the centers in rural western USA, including Colorado, is quite common for disease control and prevention. According to the CDC, an average of seven cases of human pneumonia have been reported each year in recent decades.
In general, small mammals and rodents with infected fleas transmit the disease, which can spread through flea bites or contact with pets or humans with an infected mammal.
More than 80% of US cases were bumps. Untreated bubonic plague can turn into a more severe lung infection that causes rapid pneumonia after bacteria spread to the lungs.