Are plague-infected fleas a concern in southern Utah?

flea-29538_640(KCSG.com / Melissa Anderson) It’s known as the “Black Death” or bubonic plague. Recent reports of fleas infected with the bubonic plague in parts of Northern Arizona has caused questions about the potential of the fleas traveling to southern Utah.

“Fortunately in Utah, fleas are uncommon in our state because they thrive with humidity, which we don’t have,” said Southwest Utah Public Health Department PIO, Dave Heaton.

Utah reported two cases of the plague since 2009 in the entire state. No human plague cases in southwest Utah for at least the past 16 years.

 

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