The Associated Press is reporting that a second county in Arizona is reporting fleas that carry the Bubonic Plague, otherwise known as the Black Death.
This announcement comes a week after prairie dogs were found in Coconino County carrying fleas with the disease. This week’s discovery was made near Taylor, Arizona, in Navajo County. Navajo County Public Health officials warn people to watch for sudden die-offs of prairie dogs or rodents, as it may be an indicator of the plague.
Plague is an infectious disease infamous for killing millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages. It is called the Black Death because of the gangrene that can occur as a result of the disease, causing skin and flesh to die and turn black.