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Chaffee County Health Department reported Friday, July 17 that bubonic plague has been confirmed in a Chaffee County resident recently.

The unidentified individual was hospitalized and has survived following intravenous antibiotic treatment, Susan Ellis, county health director, wrote in a press release.

Identification of the disease was made by the state public health laboratory July 10.

Colorado Department of Public Health reports that 17 human plague cases have been confirmed in Colorado since 2005. This would make the 18th case.

Investigation revealed that the family dog became ill with symptoms consistent with plague a few days prior to the onset of illness in the dog’s owner. The dog has recovered and test results from the dog are pending.

The incubation period for the bubonic plague is 1-6 days. Ellis said the infected individual was in Chaffee County during that time period, which made it clear she was in the county when she contracted the disease.

The health department is conducting surveillance for rodent die-off and has posted warning signs about plague in the vicinity of the Little Rainbow Trailhead off CR 110.

A 16-year old boy from the Cherokee Park area in northern Colorado died from the septicemic form of the plague on June 8.

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