Dog in Ada County likely has plague but is recovering after prompt treatment

Nearly two weeks after the confirmation of plague in ground squirrels south of Boise, preliminary tests indicate an Ada County dog likely has the disease. A confirmatory test is in progress and final results are expected in approximately one week.

The dog, which had contact with ground squirrels within the area of impact (see map), south of Boise to the Snake River, and from Kuna to Mountain Home, became ill at the end of May. The owner took the dog to a veterinarian where a sample was taken and submitted to the State Public Health Laboratory for testing. The dog has since been treated and is recovering. Those who handled the dog while it was ill are being monitored and provided preventive medication if needed.  Continue reading “Dog in Ada County likely has plague but is recovering after prompt treatment”

FAQ: Plague concerns still high as children start summer break this week

Plague in ground squirrel populations in the desert south of Boise continues to be a concern as schools in the Treasure Valley begin summer vacation this week. Public health officials are reminding people to be aware and to take precautions if they live in or are recreating in the affected area.

So far, there are no confirmed cases of the plague in people or pets. And we’d like to keep it that away for as long as possible. As Idahoans prepare for the first weekend that kids are out of school, please take a few moments to read up on the disease and review what you need to do to protect your family, yourself, and your pets.  Continue reading “FAQ: Plague concerns still high as children start summer break this week”