Jackson, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health is
investigating how a Boy Scout who visited northwest Wyoming became infected with bubonic plague.
The 18-year-old was hospitalized but is recovering.
Health officials haven't been able to confirm the young man
contracted bubonic plague in Wyoming. If he did, it would be the
first plague case in a human in Wyoming since 2004. Wyoming has had
only five confirmed plague cases since 1978.
The young man's identity and hometown haven't been released. He
was among hundreds of Scouts who built trails and did other service
work near Jackson late last month.
Bubonic plague causes swelling of the lymph glands along with
fever, headache and exhaustion. The disease is spread by rodents,
rabbits and fleas.