Authorities confirm bubonic plague in fleas found in Denver suburb

Authorities confirm bubonic plague in fleas found in Denver suburb
A Commerce City, CO prairie dog, apparently post-flea infection. CBS 4 video

[Ed. – The fleas are infecting a prairie dog colony, which may interest people’s dogs with regrettable consequences.  Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; I know, right?]

The Tri-County Health Department confirms plague-infected fleas have been infecting and killing prairie dogs at numerous areas in Commerce City. The plague has forced the cancellation of the rescheduled 4th of July fireworks show for the city.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce City open spaces area and unpaved parking areas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park have been closed while crews treat the area. …

The concern is that fleas carrying the plague have begun infecting and killing a prairie dog colony just north of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

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