Nuts! A Squirrel in Colorado Tests Positive for the Bubonic Plague

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A squirrel in Jefferson County, CO has tested positive for the bubonic plague — also known as the “Black Death” — after someone reported seeing at least 15 dead squirrels around the area.

Thankfully, we don’t live in the 1600s and the plague won’t easily be contracted to humans. Still, county officials warned people to take precautions against the infectious disease, like avoiding wild animals.

“Cats are highly susceptible to
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