PUBLISHED ON September 1st, 2015
Once thought of an epidemic that only existed in history books, the incidents of the plague have been on the rise in the U.S. during the last few years. At the time of publication, there were four reported human cases of the plague in Colorado in which only two patients survived. In the middle of the month, a California child tested positive for the disease following a visit to a national park. Researchers suspect that increases in rodent populations and a lack of predators may be the cause behind the latest plague incidences. This news has Oregon and Washington pest control experts on alert as they face the possibility of the plague crossing state lines.
The plague naturally exists in the Western U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacterium infects fleas, which then infect rodents. Humans fall ill with the plague in a variety of manners:
The plague is simple for doctors to detect. When it’s caught early, the plague is treatable with medications and the proper medical care.
If you notice signs of a rodent infestation in your home, call the Washington and Oregon pest control experts at Eden. Because rodent waste can be contaminated with dangerous pathogens, it’s best to leave the cleanup to the experts.