The first human case of plague in five years was diagnosed in the American state of Colorado. It was reported by the Daily Mail with reference to the Colorado Department of Health.
The patient was diagnosed with septic plague, which he contracted from an infected squirrel. Earlier in Colorado, in the city of Morrison, bubonic plague was found in a dead squirrel.
Septic plague is a life-threatening infectious blood disease. In the Middle Ages, its mortality rate was 99-100%.
In this case, treatment was started on time, the patient recovered. Since 2005, 21 cases of human plague have been reported in Colorado. However, no new infections have been detected in the last five years.
As previously reported, a case of bubonic plague has been detected in China in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. After an infection was detected in a pastoralist from the town of Bayannur, the third level of rinderpest prevention and control measures were announced there. The warning will continue until the end of 2020.