Officials in 2 Arizona counties are warning the general public after fleas in the area tested positive for that plague, the infamous infectious ailment that wiped out millions throughout the Dark Ages.
“Navajo County Health Department is advocating the general public to consider safeguards to lower their chance of contact with this serious disease, which may be contained in fleas, rodents, rabbits and predators that feed upon these creatures,” the general public health warning states. “The condition could be transmitted to humans along with other creatures through the bite of the infected flea or by direct connection with an infected animal.”
Navajo County Public Medical officials confirmed on Friday that fleas in the region have tested positive for that rare disease. The general public health warning follows an identical notice from Coconino County Public Health Services District in Arizona warning of the existence of plague in fleas found in the room.
The Cdc and Prevention (CDC) notes that studies claim that outbreaks from the plague from time to time exist in southwestern U.S. states like Arizona during cooler summers such as the following wet winters.
Signs and symptoms of plague include sudden start of fever, headache, chills, and weakness and a number of inflamed, tender or painful lymph nodes, based on the CDC. If untreated, the bacteria can spread with other areas of the body.
As the warning may ring alarm bells for those who only understand about the plague from history books, the findings aren’t without precedent.
Officials also advised persons living, working, camping or visiting during these areas to consider safeguards to lower their chance of exposure, including staying away from sick or dead creatures, keeping pets from roaming loose, and staying away from rodent burrows and fleas.
Both counties have reached the northern a part of Arizona.