August 26, 2008
The teen was among hundreds of scouts who built trails and did other service work late last month. The Wyoming Department of Health is trying to determine how he became infected.
The teen traveled to multiple sites in the area, including
According to the Centers For Disease Control, bubonic plague is not spread from person to person. Infection usually comes after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or handling an infected animal.
Bubonic plague is a potentially fatal bacterial infection. It causes swollen, tender lymph nodes, high fever and chills.
Ten to 20 cases occur in the United States each year, according to the CDD. About 1 in 7 cases in the