On Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, The Pueblo City-County Health Department announced that an adult had died from the plague.
This disease has a long and frightening history, but it is not usually associated with our times or developed countries like the United States.
The health department only announced that the person who passed away was an adult, but nothing more about him or her was released.
The agency said, “the individual may have contracted the disease from fleas on a dead rodent or animal.” This case occurred once before in Pueblo County back in 2004.
“This highlights the importance to protect yourself and your pets from the exposure of fleas that carry plague,” said Sylvia Proud, the city-county public health director.
So far, a dead prairie dog in the western part of Pueblo County is the only animal known to have the plague in the area.
Besides Pueblo County, California’s Department of Public Health announced Thursday that a child who camped in Yosemite National Park and visited Stanislaus National Forest in mid-July was hospitalized after being affected with the plague, too. However, no other campers reported symptoms.
The CDC states that about seven people get the plague every year in the United States. But with modern medicine such as antibiotics and antimicrobials, it is usually not as deadly as it was in the Middle Ages when millions died.