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Case report demonstrates dogs are susceptible to plague year-round

More than 100 people had contact with a 3-year-old dog in Colorado before it was diagnosed with pneumonic plague, which occurs so rarely in dogs and is so uncommon in winter that veterinarians initially suspected test results were incorrect. Animals at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital that may have been exposed to the dog were given prophylactic antibiotics, and about 60% of potentially exposed employees chose to take antibiotics, and no subsequent cases were reported. The case, which occurred in December 2017, was described in Emerging Infectious Diseases this week.

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