707 N Armstrong Pl., Boise
2017 PLAGUE SEASON
Ground squirrels in Idaho's desert sagebrush areas are known to be a source of plague. The highest risk for plague exposure to animals and humans occurs March through July.
In recent years, pets have become ill or died from contact with ground squirrels or their fleas — and put humans in danger of illness and death. In 2016, four cats from Elmore County and one from Ada County became infected with plague. Four of the five infected cats died.
To-date, no rodent die-offs or infected pets have been reported in 2017. However, Idaho public health and wildlife officials anticipate the potential for ground squirrels who reside in desert areas with sagebrush to carry plague again this season and urge anyone visiting these areas to take precautions to protect themselves and pets from plague.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is plague?
Plague occurs naturally in the western United States.
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News releases may not be issued in every instance of suspected plague infection or plague-related pet death.
If you have health-related questions regarding plague, please call CDHD at 327-8625. Please note that this number and email account are only staffed during weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm.
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