The recent reports of a bubonic plague squirrel in Golden, Colorado, have been confirmed. The rodent was tested by the Jefferson County Public Health and as found to be carrying the extremely contagious disease.
There’s no need to worry though, as the agency has stated in a report for CBS that the Buffalo Bill Days which are celebrated in the area are set to continue. The officials with the public health have stated that one case is hardly any cause for concern.
The squirrel was found at 15th and Jackson. After it was tested, the diagnosis of bubonic plague was confirmed. Subsequently, the JCPH have spread posts around the county on Saturday so as to warn citizens of the danger, and prompt them to take the necessary precautions to prevent their getting the plague.
Although it is estimated to have killed around 25 million people back in 14th century Europe, the plague then known as the Black Death is now easily preventable and treatable with antibiotics. Be careful though, as the first symptoms of the disease arrive late, in between two and six days. Yet, the disease usually is deadly if left untreated for more than five days.
To prevent any form of contamination, health officials warn citizens to stay away from wild animals, and take care of their own, domestic animals or pets. The main targets of the plagues are the furry creatures. These can get infected, and after they die, their fleas jump off and go in search for other targets, which usually are other furry creatures.
That is why, when there is a plague spreading through the area, most small rodents and critters with fur die off. This means that if you see dead rats, mice, rabbits, squirrels or even dogs and cats, you shouldn’t touch them unless you are wearing protective gloves.
If you realize that you have been bitten by fleas, you should see a doctor as soon as possible, especially if living in Colorado. Also, do not come into contact with animal blood, as there is also the possibility of direct infection.
Furthermore, keep your dogs, and especially cats, in confined environments so that they cannot go and eat or play with rodents. Cats are the most dangerous in these cases, so use flea powder or other flea killing solutions. Cats can easily pass on to their owners the plague ridden fleas.
Bubonic plague displays symptoms such as high fever, muscle pain, the feeling of being ill, as well as vomiting and nausea. If you feel any of these symptoms, contact a physician right away. Also, if you see dead rodents, call Animal Control just as quick, so as to stop the possibility of infection.
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