Yersinia pestis bacteria transmitted by fleas and/or exposure to tissues or body fluids from diseased animals
Southwestern part of the United States
Acute disease from getting bitten by an infected flea
Sudden onset of fever and chills followed by swollen and painful lymph nodes in the armpits, groin and other areas two to six days following exposure. Could also lead to primary plague pneumonia.
Seek medical attention from a physician
Spray skin with insect repellents Treat field clothes with permethrin
Animal hosts include prairie dogs, rabbits, hares, carnivores and wild ungulates 284 cases were reported between 1970–90, 50 percent of which were reported in New Mexico