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in several ways The most important1 Bites of fleas from infected rodents2 Direct contact with sick animals3 Pet involvementEXPOSURE TO PLAGUEHungry fleas willfluids of an infected animal can ent

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1 disease which primarily affects rodents.
disease which primarily affects rodents.cially cats) can get plague if they visit orlive in areas where wild rodents are natu-rally infected. The disease may alsoThis is the same disease that ravaged(the Black Death). At the present time,plague in humans is relatively rare, andcan be treated successfully with modernantibiotics. However , it is vital that thedisease be diagnosed and treated in itsearly stages. If not, it is often fatal and, ifFACTS ABOUTIN LOS ANGELES in several ways. The most important1. Bites of fleas from infected rodents2. Direct contact with sick animals3. Pet involvementEXPOSURE TO PLAGUEHungry fleas willfluids of an infected animal can enter(1) Infected rodent fleas can be broughta sick cat that is coughing or sneezing. If you become ill within seven days after possible exposure to plague,

2 contact aphysician immediately.Use caut
contact aphysician immediately.Use caution when handling a sick pet that has been in a plague area, especially acat. Avoid close face to face contact. Consult a veterinarian. Inform the vet thatAvoid all contact with rodents and their fleas. Do not touch sick or dead rodents.Where you livethem from entering buildings. As much as possible, remove or deny rodentsaccess to any source of food or shelter.Minimize pet contact with rodents and their fleas. A bell on a cat’s collar may help.Protect pets with oral or topical flea control. Flea collars are helpful, but, if usedWhere you work or playDo not feed rodents in campgrounds and picnic areas. Store food and refuse inWearing long pants tucked into boot tops can reduce your exposure to fleas. InsectLEAVE PETS AT HOME if possible. If not, keep pet confined or on

3 a leash. Do notHUNTERS AND TRAPPERS: U
a leash. Do notHUNTERS AND TRAPPERS: Use rubber gloves when skinning and cleaningrodents, rabbits, wild pigs, coyotes and other carnivores. Cook game animalsthoroughly.WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM PLAGUE include fever, chills, muscle aches, a feel-ing of weakness and, commonly, swollenand tender lymph nodes ( called “bu-boes”). This stage is called bubonicContact a physician immediately if youbecome ill within 7 days of being in aPlague is curable when diagnosed early.You can help with diagnosis by telling yourdoctor where you have been and what youhave done that may have exposed you toIf it is not treated in time, bubonic plaguecan progress to septicemic plague (blood-A cat with plague will become very ill, maystop eating and will have a fever. Swollenlymph nodes may occur, generally in theInform your v

4 eterinarian if a sick pethas been in a p
eterinarian if a sick pethas been in a plague area State and local health agencies monitorplague activity throughout the State.trained to watch for sick or dead rodentstive measures when animal plague isWarnings will be posted. After carefulevaluation, the area may be quaran-tined and insecticides may be used toreduce the risk of flea bites to humans.Insecticide dust is applied into rodentthe bait stations and get flea powder intheir fur. They also carry the insecticidein their fur back to the nest, killing fleasinside the burrows. This method of fleacontrol is very effective, uses a mini-If you see a bait station, please donot disturb it.Los Angeles County - Department ofPublic HealthVector Management Program5050 Commerce DriveBaldwin Park, California 91706 (626) 430-5450SYMPTOMS OF PLAGUEROLE OF THE HEALTHDEPARTME