A child in Elmore County, Idaho has contracted the plague according to the state health officials. While the plague has been diagnosed in squirrels as recently as 2016, this marks the first human transmission in Idaho in over a quarter-century according to the Central District Health Department.
The child, whose age and sex are unknown, is currently recovering while receiving antibiotic treatment.
Officials are unsure whether the child contracted the plague at home in Idaho or during a recent trip to Oregon – where there have been eight human cases of plague since 1990 vs. two in Idaho.
“Plague is very common in central and south america and Africa of course” said CDC director Tracy Simms.