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Bubonic Plague Traced To Colorado Campground

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Squirrels are known to carry the plague (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Squirrels are known to carry the plague (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A camper near Pagosa Springs has contracted bubonic plague, Colorado’s first case since 2006.

The Durango Herald reports that the person contracted the plague during a family outing in the Cimarrona Campground.

The San Juan Basin Health Department did not give the victim’s age or gender. Warning signs are being posted in the campground

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an average of seven cases of plague each year across the country. Most human cases tend to occur in rural areas in the Southwest.

Symptoms of plague begin two to six days after a person is bitten by an infected flea, rodent or cat. The plague can be successfully treated if diagnosed promptly.

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