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A squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the bubonic plague

The bubonic plague made headlines in China. Now, it’s back in Colorado

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In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, some of the skeletons found by construction workers under central London’s Charterhouse Square are pictured.

In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, some of the skeletons found by construction workers under central London’s Charterhouse Square are pictured.

Associated Press

A squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the bubonic plague, becoming the first case of the disease in Jefferson County, CBS News reports.

  • The squirrel was found in the town of Morrison in Colorado, according to Jefferson County Public Health officials, who released a statement about the animal.
  • Officials said the plague transfer from animals to humans and your household pets.
  • Humans become infected through flea bites, an animal cough or directly touching the blood or tissue of an animal that has the disease, according to CBS News.
  • Cats can catch the plague rather easily, the officials said.

China sees the plague, too:

  • China identified one person in Inner Mongolia who had the bubonic plague, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. China worried a second person may have had the disease, too.
  • The patient went into quarantine and remains in stable condition.
  • One local health authority told China Daily: “At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly.”