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July 15, 2020 - New York Post

What the Colorado squirrel with bubonic plague means for US pet owners

What the Colorado squirrel with bubonic plague means for US pet owners
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Veterinarians are urging pet owners to be vigilant after a Colorado squirrel tested positive for the bubonic plague over the weekend.

Bubonic plague — which killed more than 50 million people during the 14th century and came to be known as the “Black Death” — is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, which lives in some animals, mostly rodents, and their fleas. The bacterial infection is rare and can be deadly, however, it is treatable in both humans and pets if caught early.

Can pets contract bubonic plague? Household pets are susceptible to the plague, which is primarily transmitted through bites from infected fleas, according to Dr. Brett Levitzke, the chief medical officer at Brooklyn’s Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group.

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