Media reports said that prairie dogs infected with the Plague shut down parts of a city and wildlife area near Denver this summer.
Locations in Commerce City, a suburb north of Denver, were reported to be closed according to the Tri-County Health Department.
Also, nearby sections of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge were closed as a precautionary measure after the discovery of the disease, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said.
The refuge is a 15,000-acre nature area northeast of Denver that is home to many species including the black-tailed prairie dogs which the plague-infected fleas were biting.
The risk posed to hikers and pets is why surrounding areas were closed in an effort to prevent the pick up of fleas that could infect other animals and people.
The Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department said, “the prairie dog colonies are being monitored and burrows are being treated with insecticide, but there is still evidence of fleas in the hiking and camping areas, which could put people and pets at risk, so those areas will remain closed.”
No human infections have been reported.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Plague was responsible for the death of 60 percent of Europe’s population during the Black Death. In 1900, rat-infested ships sailing from areas with plague problems led to epidemics in U.S. port cities.
The last epidemic of the Plague was in Los Angeles in the 1920s.
The plague is caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria and is fairly common in the rural western US, including Colorado, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In general, small mammals and rodents with infected fleas carry the disease, which can spread to pets or humans by flea bites or contact with an infected animal.
More than 80% of US cases have been the bubonic form. Untreated bubonic plague can turn into the more serious pneumonic plague, which causes rapidly developing pneumonia after bacteria spread to the lungs.
Despite its name and fatal history from the Middle Ages, the plague is thought to be rare now in the United States.
The Biblical Prophecies of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24, Revelation 6) foretell that pestilence is a sign of the Last Days revealing we are nearing the end of this age.
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