Parts of a Colorado shelter remained closed Sunday after prairie dogs infected with plague were discovered there at the end of July. Wildlife and wildlife areas near Denver were also closed as authorities continued to try to stem the spread of the disease. The refuge is home to many species such as bison and bald eagle. Here the plague problems developed.
Pest-infected fleas bite Black-tailed Prairie Dogs, and officials began precautionary measures to close affected areas to prioritize the health and safety of visitors while allowing employees to protect the health of wildlife, "it says a statement from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Dogs are less prone to the plague than cats but can pick up fleas that can infect other animals and humans, said Gilbert Cazier, an environmental health specialist at the Tri-County Health Department.
"If you bring the dog home and he If you sleep in your bed, these fleas can jump and hit you," said Cazier.
Although the plague can be treated with antibiotics, it has a dark history. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was responsible for the death of 60 percent of the European population during the Black Death. In 1
Today, most epidemic cases are reported in the western United States, with an average of seven cases reported each year over the last few decades. The plague-causing bacterium that causes the plague often infects small rodents such as rats, mice and prairie dogs. Fleas can then transmit the disease to humans and other larger mammals. In addition to fleas, humans may become infected by contact with the body fluids of infected animals or by inhaling the cough drops of plague bacteria.
The bubonic plague is responsible for 80 percent of all annual plague events in the US, according to the CDC. A boy in Idaho had a bubonic plague last year. In 2017, officials from Arizona warned the residents after discovering fleas with plague bacteria. And in 2015, a star high school athlete died of the plague in Colorado.
The plague continues to hit communities around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an outbreak of pneumonia in Madagascar in 2017 killed 202 people.
Health officials in Colorado have covered prairie dog holes with an insecticide powder. As the prairie dogs invade their holes and strike against the powder, Cazier kills the fleas and prevents them from spreading to other animals.
In 2016, Karin Brulliard of the Washington Post reported on national efforts to vaccinate black ferrets with feet and their prey, prairie dogs, against the plague:  The ATVs and drones are said to be used in peanut butter-flavored fire-blue pellets Size of a rubber ball tested. The bait is littered with a pest vaccine and, according to Fish and Wildlife, 60 to 90 percent of the prairie dogs devoured it in recent trials in Montana, Colorado and South Dakota. "These tests have clearly shown that these new mechanized vaccine delivery methods are practical, efficient and affordable," officials said Friday. The areas include parts of the reserve and other open spaces in Commerce City, a suburb outside Denver. The officials said that Dick & # 39; s Sporting Goods Park, a nearby venue, will continue hosting events, but parking will only be on an asphalt basis. This is good news for those who leave for the local Phish show on August 30th.