One person dead from plague, another recovering after pair of cases in Colorado


Purple-colored Yersinia pestis bacteria, the bacteria that causes the plague, seen on the spines of a flea.

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BOULDER, Colo. (Aug. 6, 2015) – A person in Colorado died from plague, health officials said this week, revealing that a second person was recovering from the ailment.

Officials from the Pueblo City-County Health Department released minimal information about the victim, saying only that the person was an adult who may have contracted the plague from fleas on a dead rodent or other animal. It’s the first plague death in that county in 11 years, KDVR reported.

In a separate case, a man in Boulder, Colo., is recovering from the disease after coming into contact with a dead chipmunk that was carrying the plague. The Boulder Health Department said the patient is doing better and are confident the case is isolated.

The news comes after a teen in Colorado’s Larimer County died from the plague earlier this summer.

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