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.”