Boy Scout from CT contracts the plague

August 26, 2008 3:23:44 PM PDT
The Wyoming Department of Health is investigating how a Boy Scout who visited northwest Wyoming became infected with bubonic plague.A Boy Scout spokesman says the 18-year-old from Connecticut was hospitalized but now is recovering at home.

It's unknown where the young man may have contracted the disease. Health officials in Connecticut told their Wyoming counterparts about the case late last week.

If he did get the disease in Wyoming, 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 was among hundreds of Scouts who built trails and did other service work near Jackson late last month. Bubonic plague causes fever, headache and exhaustion and is spread by rodents, rabbits and fleas.

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