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Fleas Tested Positive For The Plague

Two counties in Arizona have found fleas carrying the bubonic plague. This is an infectious disease that took the lives of millions during the Middle Ages.

The discovery of plague carrying fleas in Arizona follows three confirmed human cases in New Mexico, earlier this year.

Officials first became aware of this problem in early August, when a resident complained that prairie dogs were dropping dead on his property in Williams, Arizona. Plague infected fleas were found to be the cause.

A week later, plague carrying fleas were found in neighboring Navajo County.

To help prevent being exposed to the plague, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you use an insect repellant containing DEET when camping, hiking, or working outdoors. Always avoid areas of known rodent activity. They also say that you should never handle wild animals without wearing gloves.