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Jefferson County, CO—Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) announced today that a domestic cat in the Evergreen area has tested positive for plague. It is not uncommon for cats to become infected with plague in an environment where plague is circulating. The cat is now under the care of a veterinarian. Dave Volkel, JCPH Environmental Health Specialist said, “Everyone is reminded of the importance of keeping their pets from roaming free and using appropriate flea control products to minimize the risk of plague.” Plague is a bacterium that is maintained in various species of rodents and rabbits and is transmitted by fleas. When an infected rodent becomes sick and dies, its fleas can carry the infection to other warm-blooded animals, including humans. People also can be exposed through direct contact with infected rodents, rabbits and cats. Public Health officials remind citizens to take the following precautions to protect their animals and their families from plague
Additional information on plague can be found on the department's Web site: http://jeffco.us/public-health/animal-borne-disease/plague/ or the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/plague. For further information, please call Jefferson County Public Health’s Zoonosis Program at 303-271-5730 or our main number at 303-232-6301 and ask for the Environmental Health Services Division.
September 19, 2016
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