Friday, June 22, 2012

Jefferson County Public Health has confirmed that a squirrel from the Idledale area has tested positive for bubonic plague, Colorado

Jefferson County Public Health has confirmed that a squirrel from the Idledale area has tested positive for bubonic plague.

Plague is a highly infectious bacterial disease carried by various types of wild rodents and is transmitted primarily by flea bites.

Squirrels, rodents, prairie dogs and other mammals, such as rabbits and cats are susceptible to plague because they carry fleas.

“The risk of residents contracting plague is extremely low,” said Jefferson County Public Health Director Dr. Mark Johnson. “We want people to be aware that summer marks the beginning of the plague season, and just a few simple precautions will further reduce that risk.

The best way to prevent plague is to control the presence of rodents and fleas in and around the home. In addition, people should avoid contact with any species of wild rodents, especially sick or dead rodents. Read More