Plague confirmed in Wyoming cat: officials

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Health officials say a cat in northern Wyoming has been infected with plague.

The Gillette News Record reports the cat from the Kaycee area in Johnson County is the third plague-infected feline identified in northern Wyoming in the last six months. No human cases have been reported.

Plague is a serious bacterial infection that can kill pets and people if it’s not treated with antibiotics. The disease can be transmitted to humans from sick animals and by fleas coming from infected animals.

Six people have been exposed in Wyoming since 1978 with the last case investigated in 2008. About seven people are infected across the nation each year.