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    Posted on: August 3, 2017

    Fleas test positive for plague in Coconino County

    Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials confirmed that fleas collected in the Red Lake area, approximately five miles northeast of Williams, tested positive for plague (Yersinia pestis).

    The tests were conducted by the Center for Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University.

    CCPHSD is notifying area residents. The burrows are being treated and the area will be closely monitored to determine if further action is required.

    This is the first location in the County where fleas have tested positive for plague this year. Because the disease is endemic in Coconino County, there are likely additional locations with infected fleas. CCPHSD Environmental Health staff will continue to collect and test flea samples from locations throughout the County.
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    http://coconino.az.gov/civicalerts.aspx?aid=1663

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    Posted on: August 10, 2017

    Fleas test positive for plague in additional location in Coconino County

    Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials confirmed that fleas collected in the Doney Park area, northeast of Flagstaff, have tested positive for plague (Yersinia pestis).

    Last week fleas collected in the Red Lake area, approximately five miles northeast of Williams, tested positive for plague. The tests were conducted by the Center for Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University.

    CCPHSD is notifying area residents and the burrows, which are located on private property, will be treated. The area will be closely monitored to determine if further action is required.

    Because the disease is endemic in Coconino County, there are likely additional locations with infected fleas. CCPHSD Environmental Health staff will continue to collect and test flea samples from locations throughout the County.
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    http://coconino.az.gov/civicalerts.aspx?aid=1668
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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    Fleas are testing positive for the plague in parts of Arizona

    ABC News , WHAS 7:47 PM. EDT August 13, 2017

    (ABC News) -- Officials in two Arizona counties are warning the public after fleas in the region tested positive for the plague, the infamous infectious disease that killed millions during the Middle Ages.

    Navajo County Public Health officials confirmed on Friday that fleas in the area have tested positive for the rare disease. The public health warning follows a similar notice from Coconino County Public Health Services District in Arizona warning of the presence of plague in fleas found there too.

    Both counties are situated in the northern part of Arizona.
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    http://www.whas11.com/news/nation/fl...zona/464129166
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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