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Human plague surveillance

Human plague surveillance

Weekly Epidemiological Record 57(23): 178-179

It is reported that 13 cases of human plague (caused by Yersinia pestis) occurred in the USA in 1981, 4 of them fatal. In 5 of the cases, infection was by means of flea bites occurring in connection with epizootic plague among prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) and rock squirrels (Spermophilus variegatus).

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