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CDC: Colorado man contracted the Pneumonic Plague from his dog

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The CDC confirmed a Colorado man, contracted the Pneumonic Plague from his dog. This is the first time a case like this has been seen in the United States.

The case happened last summer in Grand Junction.

A two-year-old pit-bull terrier became sick with fever.

Four days later, its owner also had a fever and a bloody cough.

The plague is treatable with antibiotics but the Mesa County Health Department said it is very unusual for dogs to pass it onto humans.