Yep. If may sound like a relic out of history, but it’s perking along in the western US. This year, it’s been found in squirrels in Idaho, and in house pets allowed to roam outside in that area. Cats are especially susceptible to plague. Fleas can carry plague.
The CDC’s map of human cases is shown below. A few Americans die every year from this disease.
What you need to know:
- Use insect repellent with DEET when outdoors in affected areas.
- Its probably best for house pets to stay indoors and not be allowed to roam freely in areas with plague.
- You want to minimize food and nesting resources outdoors around your home. You don’t want to attract plague-carrying wild animals.
My observation: Warmer weather may spread the range of the disease in the US.
- Kassem AM, Tengelsen L, Atkins B, et al. Notes from the Field: Plague in Domestic Cats — Idaho, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:1378–1379. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6548a5