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Colorado health authorities confirm case of plague in humans
Colorado health authorities confirm case of plague in humans

The Department of Health and Environment in Pueblo, Colorado, said Tuesday that authorities were investigating a case of plague in humans. Plague regularly spreads in animal and rodent populations. Fleas can occasionally transmit the disease to humans, or people can become infected through contact with animals.

What are the symptoms of the plague? Pueblo health officials say symptoms include vomiting, nausea, chills, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people died of the plague in Europe during the Middle Ages.

What can people do to stop the spread of the plague? Pueblo health officials urged residents to remove hiding places and breeding grounds for rodents, as well as piles of trash in their homes that could attract rodents. The city’s health department also recommended that residents use insect repellent to avoid fleas and insect bites. Residents were also asked not to touch dead animals and not to let their pets chase rodents.

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By Everly