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    Plague Confirmed in an Evergreen Domestic Cat


     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

     

    • Do not feed squirrels or other rodents. This brings them onto your property and in close contact with each other increasing the risk of disease transmission.
    • Rodent-proof your houses and outbuildings.
    • Don't let dogs or cats catch or eat squirrels, rabbits or other wild animals.
    • Do not allow pets to roam freely, and keep them treated for fleas according to a veterinarian's advice.
    • Be aware of rodent and rabbit populations in your area and report sudden die-offs or multiple dead animals. 
    • Contact your physician if you develop a high fever or other plague symptoms following a flea bite or direct contact with dead rodents or rabbits.


    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.

     



    Nancy Braden
    Health Communications Manager
    303-239-7137
    nbraden@jeffco.us

    September 19, 2016

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    Last Updated: 9-19-2016