Third cat in Wyoming tests positive for bubonic plague

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Wy. (WTHR) — Health officials in Wyoming say a third cat has become infected with bubonic plague in six months.

NBC News reported that this latest cat, known to wander outside near its home in Johnson County, had contracted the disease. The two other infected cats were in different counties.

However, a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health says the cat has recovered.

The health department recommends people avoid areas with rodents and use insect repellant in areas with fleas. The last time a human in Wyoming contracted the plague was in 2008, and one of only six cases reported since 1978.

The department of health says animals and fleas from animals can pass the plague on to people. About seven humans a year get the plague in the United States.

Plague symptoms in pets can include enlarged lymph glands, swelling, fever, chills, tiredness, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In people, plague symptoms include fever, swollen and tender lymph glands, extreme exhaustion, headache, chills, coughing, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, according to the CDC.

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