First ever case of reported bubonic plague in Michigan - WNEM TV 5

First ever case of reported bubonic plague in Michigan

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The 14th case of the bubonic plague has been confirmed in a Michigan resident.

The Marquette County resident had recently returned from Colorado in an area with reported plague activity, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Nationally, an average of three human cases of the plague are reported annually. The western United States is experiencing an increase in cases of the plague in 2015, with 14 human cases including four deaths.

Individuals are at greatest risk for contracting the plague in setting that provide food and shelter for rodents, such as campsites, cabins, and other rural or semi-rural settings.

Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for DHS, said people traveling or spending a lot of time outdoors in the western United States need to be aware of the risk for the plague.

“Use insect repellent on you clothing and skin and make sure that any pets that may be along are receiving regular flea treatments,” Wells said.

The plague does not naturally occur in Michigan and this is the first ever report of a plague in a resident of Michigan.

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