Squirrel Tests Positive for Plague in Colorado | 22 Words
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2020 really does just seem to be going from bad to worse.

If a pandemic wasn't enough, news has come in that a squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for plague.

Keep scrolling to get the details we know so far and to see how concerned we should really be about this...

2020 has been a terrible year so far.

We are currently living through the worst pandemic that we've seen in decades and things don't seem to be improving.

It has been the most turbulent of times...

And the coronavirus has so far taken more than 576,000 lives across the globe.

We were all left alarmed at how quickly the coronavirus spread since its first outbreak in China back in January...

And it just goes to show how destructive these diseases can be.

We seem to have gained a slight control over the pandemic...

And even though conditions remain to be difficult, they aren't as bad as they were a few months ago.

But just when we thought things couldn't possibly get any worse this year...

The bubonic plague has decided to reappear.

Just to give a little bit of context...

The bubonic plague was the main cause of "The Black Death" that swept through Europe, Asia, and Africa in the 14th century.

The bubonic plague marks one of the worst pandemics in history...

And it killed approximately fifty million people.

This wasn't all the disease was responsible for...

It is also believed that it was responsible for the Justinian plague originating in the Eastern Roman Empire in the 6th century CE, as well as the third epidemic affecting China, Mongolia, and India originating in the Yunnan Province in 1855.

The plague was ruthless.

After just a few days of exposure to the bacteria, symptoms would begin. They would consist of fevers, headaches, and vomiting. Swollen and painful lymph nodes would also occur in the area closest to where the bacteria entered the skin.

With the lack of healthcare, death was almost inevitable...

And so many people suffered immensely from the bubonic plague.

So of course, it's extremely unnerving to learn that the bubonic plague has resurfaced.

The reports have come in from the western Mongolian province of Govi-Altai and already, a fifteen-year-old boy has passed away after contracting the deadly disease.

The boy died after just 3 days of being infected...

And the country's National Centre for Zoonotic Diseases said dozens of people who have been in contact with the teen have now been quarantined. It is believed the disease was contracted from the consumption of wild animals - in similarity to the coronavirus.

In addition to that...

A lockdown has been introduced in 5 districts in Mongolia to try and stop the spread.

And even more terrifyingly so...

This isn't the first case of the bubonic plague in recent times after 2 more cases were found in the neighboring province of Khovd, involving a twenty-seven-year-old man and his seventeen-year-old brother.

Officials have issued a Level 3 warning...

And the local health authority told China Daily: "At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly."

It is vital for people in the surrounding areas to not be hunting and eating wild animals such as rodents...

"The marmot plague is very toxic. We urge you to pay special attention to the fact that the pulmonary form of the disease is just as rapid as the coronavirus infection - but it is a disease that can kill people very quickly."

Of course, panic has been spreading since the news broke...

And people are extremely concerned, to say the least.

People are feeling frustrated...

Because we've all seen what happens when wild animals are consumed when they aren't supposed to be.

But many have been seeing the logical side...

And in reality, many people contract the plague every year meaning it isn't going to prove as much of a threat as it did back in the 14th century.

But it seems that the latest update is leaving people extremely concerned.

It seems the plague has made it over to the States.

The New York Post has reported that a squirrel has tested positive for the plague in Colorado. 

According to health officials, the squirrel is the first case of plague in the Town of Morrison, Jefferson County, which is about seventeen miles southwest of Denver.

After the news broke, public health officials issued a statement.

“Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, and can be contracted by humans and household animals,” public health officials wrote.

However, there is some good news...

If the proper precautions are taken, the risk of getting plague is “extremely low,” officials say. So, no need to panic just yet. For the latest coronavirus update, scroll on...