January 2019, Wyoming Department of Health have confirmed a cat has been infected with the plague.
Tests at University of Wyoming and Wyoming State Veterinary Labs, show that this is the third case of cat plague in Wyoming in the last 6 months. State health officer and epidemiologist Dr Alexia Harrist states:
“Plague is a serious bacterial infection that can be deadly for pets and people if not treated as soon as possible with antibiotics,” “The disease can be passed to humans from sick 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.”
“While the disease is rare in humans, plague occurs naturally in the western United States in areas where rodents and their fleas become infected.”
This is very worrying indeed especially if the disease re-awakens in Asia, that fact that so many cats in Asia are eaten, means there is risk of transmitting the disease over to humans. Please help us spread the word!
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