Days after China reported bubonic plague, a squirrel tests positive in US

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Days after China reported bubonic plague, a squirrel tests positive in US

If the current pandemic wasn’t enough, an older one is threatening to resurface: the bubonic plague. Days after China reported a case of the bubonic plague, the USA has confirmed that a squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the virus. The disease, which led to pandemics that wiped out millions from the earth, can be transmitted from flea bites and infected animals. They also advised pet owners to contact veterinarians if their pet showed symptoms of sickness.

The plague has recently made a comeback, and the WHO has categorized it as a re-emerging disease. There are approximately 1,000 to 2,000 cases every year, but that is likely a modest figure as there are a number of unreported cases, according to the WHO. While modern antibiotics can prevent complications and death if treated quickly enough, it’s still a major threat to both humans and animals.

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