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Plague confirmed on Fort Pierre National Grassland - Capital Journal: News

Plague confirmed on Fort Pierre National Grassland

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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 11:51 pm

Fort Pierre, SD – Tests confirm that Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes sylvatic plague, has been found in fleas collected from prairie dog colonies on the Fort Pierre National Grassland, U.S. Forest Service personnel announced.

Fort Pierre District Ranger Ruben Leal said testing was done at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion by Hugh Britten, Ph.D.

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