Woman visiting Colo. comes down with plague

Posted at 11:11 AM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 13:11:24-04

A woman who went to Salida to visit family and attend the Gentleman of the Road Music Festival has been diagnosed with the bubonic plague.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said a Marquette County resident is recovering after being treated for the plague. The Chaffee County Times reported that Alisha Plescher or Marquette, Michigan, started showing symptoms one day after coming home from Colorado.

She attended the music festival, which took place on August 21 and 22. During her visit, she also went hiking. 

The newspaper said Plescher hiked a portion of the Little Rainbow trail around CR 108. This is the second case of plague contracted by a person, likely while hiking in the Methodist Mountain Trail System.

The CDC says you can reduce the risk of plague by reducing rodent habitat around your home, work place, and recreational areas -- that means removing brush, rock piles, junk, cluttered firewood, and possible rodent food supplies, such as pet and wild animal food.

"Use repellent if you think you could be exposed to rodent fleas during activities such as camping, hiking, or working outdoors," the CDC writes on itswebsite