The world is six months into battling the new novel coronavirus pandemic, but 2020 still keeps throwing curveballs at us.
If the current pandemic wasn’t enough, an older one is threatening to resurface: the bubonic plague.
Days after China reported a case of the bubonic plague, the USA has confirmed that a squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the virus.
The squirrel tests positive on July 11 in the town if Morrison, marking the first case of plague in the country this year, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) department.
The disease, which led to pandemics that wiped out millions from the earth, can be transmitted from flea bites and infected animals. While modern antibiotics can prevent complications and death if treated quickly enough, it’s still a major threat to both humans and animals.
The advisory also pointed out that domesticated pets are also at risk – Cats are highly susceptible to plague and may die if not treated promptly with antibiotics. Cats can contract plague from flea bites, a rodent scratch/bite or ingestion of a rodent. Dogs are not as susceptible to plague; however, they may pick up and carry plague-infected rodent fleas.
They also advised pet owners to contact veterinarians if their pet showed symptoms of sickness.