- hymo/Wikipedia/Department of Health and Welfare
- A vole
Health officials said the infection "appears to be localized and not widespread," though they are cautioning the public to take appropriate safety precautions while in the area, avoid groups of dead rodents and report signs of illness. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game does not believe there is a link between the infected ground squirrels discovered in May and the infected voles found in Canyon County.
Symptoms of plague in humans include sudden onset of chills, fever, headache and weakness, as well as swelling of lymph nodes in the the neck, groin and armpit. In animals, symptoms may include lethargy, loss of appetite and fever. People who suspect that they or their pets are exhibiting these symptoms should contact an appropriate health care provider: The survivability of plague infection can be greatly increased with antibiotics.
- Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
- A map of the possible plague area
Between 2005 and 2010, USDA Wildlife Services tested carnivores for plague antibodies, with 18 animals testing positive. Five human cases—all successfully treated—have been reported in Idaho since 1940.