Fox News – For the third time in six months, a cat in Wyoming has been infected with plague.
The Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie recently confirmed the case, the state department of health said in a statement last week.
Plague — sometimes called the “black plague” — is a potentially deadly bacterial infection.
“This bacterium is found in animals throughout the world and is usually transmitted to humans through fleas,” Healthline notes.
“Plague is a serious bacterial infection that can be deadly for pets and people,” state health officer Alexia Harrist said. “The disease can be passed to humans from ill animals and by fleas coming from infected animals. We are letting people know of the potential threat in the cat’s home area as well as across the state.”
Symptoms of plague include fever, extreme exhaustion, headache, chills, vomiting, and swollen lymph glands, among others signs.
The disease is more common in areas with poor sanitation or overcrowding, according to Healthline. [With a population density of six people per square mile, Wyoming is the most sparsely populated state in the continental U.S. – Ed.]
Those who live in an area where plague has been confirmed should not let their pets — dogs included — roam freely, the CDC noted. Read more.