Residents warned plague found in fleas in open space in southeast Boulder

The Extinction Protocol

August 2014BOULDER COUNTY, Co – Signs warning of the bubonic plague have been posted in an open space area near Boulder’s southeastern border. A health official told the Boulder Daily Camera, at this time she would discourage people from visiting the City of Boulder’s 44-acre Marshall open space property, which is home to a single, large prairie dog colony. Flea samples were collected in this area, after a neighbor reported prairie dogs had died off of their property, according to a press release issued by the Boulder County Health Department. The fleas, which tested positive for the plague, are the first organisms to test positive for the plague in Boulder County in the 2014 season, the health department said. The last instance of the plague in Boulder County was in 2011, when a domesticated cat and a dead squirrel tested positive for the plague. Heather Swanson, a…

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