What is plague?
Plague is an infection caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis that can make humans and animals (including pets) sick. Most cases in the U.S. occur in the Four Corners region, California, southern Oregon and western Nevada.
How do people get plague?
- Flea bites
- Handling infected animals (skinning animals, disposing of carcasses, etc)
- Inhaling infected cough droplets from infected humans or pets
Which wild animals carry plague?
- Prairie dogs
- And other rodents
What are the symptoms?
Plague symptoms are different depending on how a person was exposed. In general, people who are infected with plague have the following symptoms:
- All over weakness
Depending on how a person was infected they might also experience: