Colorado officials confirm human case of plague

Prairie dog

LA PLATA COUNTY, COLO (KRQE) – A human case of the Bubonic plague was confirmed in La Plata County, Colorado.

The patient is a woman, who has since been treated and released from the hospital.

The investigation into that case revealed plague in a prairie dog burrow in the western part of the county.

The last time a human came down with Bubonic plague in La Plata County was in 2006. Officials are urging residents to take precautions.

Symptoms begin two to six days after the bite of an infected flea, or contact with an infected rodent or cat. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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