2015-04-03 03:19:13 – Biological Hazard – USA
County resident are urged to take precautions with the discovery of fleas carrying the plague near Picture Canyon. According to information from the Coconino County Health Services District, staff periodically collects and tests flea samples throughout the county. The samples recently collected from Picture Canyon, a popular hiking area east of North Highway 89 and north of Interstate 40, were tested by NAU’s Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics. After the fleas tested positive for plague, county and city staff notified nearby residents of the situation and posted signs at the trailheads. The flea burrows are being treated, and the area will be closely monitored to determine if further action is required. The positive test is the first evidence of plague activity for the year in the county. The health department is urging the public to take precautions to reduce risk of exposure to themselves and pets. The disease can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the bite of an infected flea, or by direct contact with an infected animal.
The name of Hazard: Plague (pleas)
Symptoms: Symptoms appear within two to six days after exposure: Fever,Chills,Headache,Weakness,Muscle pain,Swollen lymph glands in the groin, armpits or limbs.
Posted:2015-04-03 03:19:13 [UTC]