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Fleas in two Arizona counties — Navajo and Coconino — are currently carrying the bubonic plague, a rare disease that led to the deaths of millions of people during the Middle Ages.
Navajo County Public Health officials confirmed the news on Friday after the fleas tested positive for Yersinia pestis, the bacteria responsible for causing the bubonic plague, according to ABC News.
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No sicknesses or deaths connected to the plague in Arizona have been reported, but health officials in Navajo and Coconino have issued a warning about the infected fleas, Newsweek noted.
Officials said people can fall victim to the plague if bitten by one of the infected fleas. People can also contract the disease from bodily fluids of infected people or animals.
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"Navajo County Health Department is urging the public to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure...
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