Plague in prairie dogs near Denver

Oct 13, 2010 | healthmap | Outbreak News

Hundreds of prairie dogs are suspected to have died from plague in Broomfield, Colorado. Prairie dogs are extremely sensitive to plague and die-offs are not uncommon. Despite the scary nature of some of the headlines, the organism that causes plague, Yersinia pestis, is found throughout the western US. Earlier this year, a California park was closed after a plague-infected squirrel was discovered.

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