Michigan Resident Catches the Plague on Trip to Colorado
The Michigan Department of Community Health says that a Michigan resident from Marquette County contracted the bubonic plague while on a trip to Colorado.
This is Michigan’s first plague diagnosis this year and only the 14th case nationwide, according to the report. There's no need for alarm, you can't catch the plague from another human.
The bubonic plague is a rare, life-threatening, flea-borne disease that is caused by the bacterium Yesinia pestis. The bacteria occurs naturally among wild rodents and their fleas in rural areas of the western U.S. The plague is not generally found in Michigan.
The person who contracted the plague is recovering.