Something has been killing off prairie dogs living in and around Doney Park in Flagstaff, Arizona, and health officials have now confirmed it to be the plague. According to reports, fleas collected from burrows around Doney are testing positive for the disease, which ravaged Europe for some 150 years during the 14th century, earning the name “the Black Death,” before eventually fizzling out.
ABC 15 News in Phoenix reports that residents throughout the area have already been notified by the Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD), which conducted the testing, that the plague is present. Monitoring will continue, the district says, and the situation will be continually assessed to determine whether or not further action is needed to contain the disease.
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