Plague cases in California, Colorado

Several plague cases have now been reported in 2015, leading public health departments in Colorado and California to warn the public to be on guard against flea-borne diseases. The California Department of Public Health recommends these steps the public can take to avoid exposure to human plague: •     Never feed squirrels, chipmunks or other rodents and never touch sick or dead rodents •     Avoid walking, hiking or camping near rodent burrows •     Wear long pants tucked into socks or boot tops to reduce exposure to fleas •     Spray insect repellent containing DEET on socks and pant cuffs to reduce exposure to fleas •     Keep wild rodents out of homes, trailers, and outbuildings and away from pets.

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