EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A wild rabbit found dead in El Paso County has tested positive for plague.

The rabbit was found near a prairie dog burrow.

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Authorities warned residents to take precautions to avoid fleas, which transmit the disease.

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This summer four Coloradans tested positive for plague after coming into contact with a dog that contracted the disease in eastern Adams County.

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The dog, health officials said, likely was exposed to a prairie dog or rabbit that was infected with plague-carrying fleas.