Michigan resident contract bubonic plague after visiting Colorado

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LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan resident has contracted the bubonic plague, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials say the patient was visiting an area in Colorado before he was diagnosed.

The plague is a life-threatening illness that occurs naturally among wild rodents. However, rarely do Americans contract the disease.

On average, three Americans are diagnosed with the bubonic plague each year. This year, there have been 14 cases.

“People who are traveling and recreating outdoors in the western U.S. should be aware of the risk for exposure to plague,” Dr. Eden Wells, the chief medical executive for the department, told WXYZ. “Use insect repellent on your clothing and skin and make sure that any pets that may be along are receiving regular flea treatments.”

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