WPR News
7:53 am
Fri October 10, 2008

Bubonic plague source still unknown

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Health says it can't pinpoint the source of bubonic plague that infected a Boy Scout from Connecticut who visited Yellowstone National Park and other sites this summer.

Kim Deti, spokeswoman for the health department, says the Boy Scout was diagnosed after he returned home. She says he was hospitalized and fully recovered.

The scout was with a group that traveled to Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park and other places in Wyoming in late July and early August.

Dr. Tracy Murphy is state epidemiologist with the state health department. Murphy says it's not surprising that investigators weren't able to find the exact spot where the young man was exposed to the disease because he traveled so widely in Wyoming.