Just in: News from Wyoming has confirmed that a cat, the third feline in the state in the past six months, has contracted the Bubonic Plague.
The indoor/outdoor cat, from Johnson County, known to stray from his home in Kaycee, came into contact and has since been infected with the Bubonic Plague. This diagnosis was confirmed by the University of Wyoming.
The other two infected Wyoming cats are from Sheridan and Campbell counties. That cat has since recovered, according to a source with the Wyoming Department of Health.
Reports indicate that the last human to contract the disease was back in 2008, seven cases were confirmed in total and that was the first incident since 1978. The disease, now completely treatable, is still very serious. Animals with the disease and fleas from such animals can infect humans with the disease after contact. It is estimated that roughly seven humans a year contract the plague in the United States.
The Bubonic Plague can be deadly in animals and humans if not treated with antibiotics. The health department wants residents to remain vigilant and treat all areas for fleas. Steer clear of any areas with rodents who may have come into contact with the disease.
Bubonic plague symptoms in animals include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
Bubonic plague symptoms in humans include:
- Tender and swollen lymph nodes
- Extreme fatigue
- Body aches
- Breathing difficulties
- Abdominal pain
While the disease is treatable, it must be treated immediately. This is very serious! Remain vigilant, especially in the nearby areas.