Fleas test positive for plague near Flagstaff

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Coconino County officials say fleas collected in the Doney Park area northeast of Flagstaff have tested positive for plague.

The tests were recently conducted by the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics at Northern Arizona University.

The County Public Health Services District's environmental health staff collects and tests flea samples from locations throughout Coconino County.

The recent tests were conducted as part of the ongoing surveillance in the Doney Park area and were collected from burrows being monitored due to a die-off of prairie dogs.

Officials say area residents were notified of the situation and the burrows have since been treated.

The area will be closely monitored to determine if further action is required.

The positive test is the first evidence of plague activity reported in the county this year.

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