Plague: Human Cases in NM, Squirrel Case in Cal.

New Mexico has had all three cases of plague in humans that have occurred in the United States this year, a New Mexico Department of Health press release reports.

Read the press release here. (Will open a PDF.)

The bacteria that causes plague is endemic in the southwestern US. Wildlife cases are so common that I don’t report them here, but those cases can be an important warning to locals to take extra care to keep their pets away from wildlife and to avoid flea bites, and for wildlife managers and researchers to take precautions as well.

Just such a warning is in place in Palomar, California, where ground squirrels at a campground have been diagnosed with plague.

Read the story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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