A squirrel found dead in Idledale has tested positive for bubonic plague, leading public health officials to urge residents to keep their pets inside, according to a June 12 news release.
Idledale residents found several dead squirrels around their homes, said Dave Volkel, zoonosis coordinator for Jefferson County Public Health.
“We’ve had squirrel die-offs in the past, and it’s been caused by the plague,” Volkel said.
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