Squirrel In Colorado Tests Positive For Bubonic Plague

In another scary news for a world going through a pandemic, a squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the bubonic plague.

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) issued a statement to disclose the details of the incident.


According to the statement, the squirrel was found in the town of Morrison, near Denver, Jefferson County.

“On Saturday, July 11, 2020, a squirrel found in the Town of Morrison tested positive for bubonic plague. The squirrel is the first case of plague in the county this year.”

The statement also revealed the cause for testing squirrels, as this seems like an unusual move.

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“The squirrel was tested after a citizen reported seeing more than a dozen dead squirrels in the area. We do not usually test individual dead animals for plague, but we are concerned and it is common procedure to test animals when there are large die-offs, such as in this case.”

Caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria, plague is an infectious disease that affects rodents, certain other animals, and humans.

Bubonic plague is one of the 3 types of plague.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website –

“This form is usually the result of an infected flea bite.”

“Patients develop sudden onset of fever, headache, chills, and weakness and one or more swollen, tender and painful lymph nodes (called buboes).”

Bubonic Plague

In its statement, the JCPH also advised citizens to take certain precautions.

  • “Eliminate all sources of food, shelter and access for wild animals around the home.
  • Do not feed wild animals.
  • Maintain a litter and trash-free yard to reduce wild animal habitats.
  • People and pets should avoid contact with sick or dead wild animals and rodents.
  • Use precaution when handling sick pets. Have sick pets examined by a veterinarian.
  • Consult with your veterinarian about flea and tick control for your pets.
  • Keep pets from roaming freely outside the home where they may prey on wild animals and bring the disease home with them.”

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