Officials: Fleas in Two Arizona Counties Tested Positive for the Plague
Americans should be cautious when going to visit Arizona, according to a new report.
Bubonic plague is a bacterial infection that was fatal to millions back in the 14th century. This bacterial infection can be found in and is transmitted by fleas.
Recently in Arizona, an elaborate study of fleas resulted in two separate discoveries of the bubonic plague, and although modern medicine has far advanced that of the 14th century, the threat is still something to take note of.
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Fleas in two Arizona counties tested positive for the Bubonic plague — the same disease that killed millions of people in the 14th century throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe, public health officials say.
Navajo County public health officials announced Friday that fleas collected near the town of Taylor tested positive for Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the Bubonic plague, the Associated Press reports.
The announcement came one week after Coconino County officials first discovered fleas in the area found to be carrying the plague.
KNXV reports that Coconino County officials first discovered the plague-infested fleas in the Red Lake area last week but also found fleas in the Doney Park area that tested positive for the disease.
Officials in both counties have notified residents and are monitoring the situation.