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January 8, 2019

BUFFALO, Wyo. – A housecat in Kaycee, Wyo., has tested positive for infection with the plague, the Johnson County, Wyoming Department of Health officials said Tuesday.
The cat is known to wander outdoors, and no human cases have been identified, health officials said. The illness was confirmed by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie.
Kaycee is about 90 miles south of Sheridan on Interstate 25.
It’s the third plague-infected cat identified in Wyoming over the past six months. The others were in Sheridan and Campbell counties. Only six human cases of plague have been exposed in Wyoming since 1978, and the last one was investigated in 2008. There is an average of seven human plague cases each year in the United States.
“Plague is a serious bacterial infection that can be deadly for pets and people if not treated as soon as possible with antibiotics,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, a Wyoming