The Plague Next Door

Next door to the Paul Sandoval campus, the bubonic plague was found in prairie dogs.


Ashley Thylin and Samantha Burrows

The Bubonic Plague is a disease caused by a virus in fleas. These fleas have moved throughout America and are now present in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Colorado. Typical rodents that host the virus are squirrels, rats, mice, and prairie dogs. The fleas are the main transmitters of the disease and thankfully for people, fleas leave us alone. 

We all know Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as a place where all different sports teams come and practice. Many sporting events take place there and they bring the city of Denver together. However, recently finding these diseased fleas has caused the number of events and practices to decrease.

While sports teams were practicing, there was a noticeable lack of presence from the prairie dogs. The surrounding schools and sports teams discovered that the prairie dogs were just dropping dead from the Bubonic Plague. So far there have been no human infections reported, however other animals have been found infected. 

The Bubonic Plague had a major presence in the 1300s-1720s in Europe killing over 30% of the population. It was thought that the plague was eradicated, yet it has made a reappearance, this time in America. While it is more easily cured in the world of present-day medicine, it is best to remain cautious when around animals.