How can I get sick?
- Through the bite of an infected* flea that was on an infected animal such as a rodent.
- Infected* rodents often die causing the fleas to seek a different animal to live on. Dogs and cats can also carry infected* fleas.
- Contact with fluid or tissue that has the plague bacteria.
Symptoms in humans:
- Fever (when your body gets a little hotter than normal)
- Chills (feeling of being cold and shivering)
- Swollen or painful lymph nodes*
- Pains in the stomach, arms and legs
What can I do to stay healthy?
- Make your home rodent free by keeping it clean. Do not leave places for them to hide or food for them to eat.
- If you see a dead wild animal, please report sick or dead wildlife to Nevada Department of Wildlife by clicking here.
- Use insect repellent* to protect you or your family from possible exposure to fleas while camping, hiking, hunting or any other outdoor activities.
- Keep fleas off your pets by using flea control products and seeking care from your veterinarian. Regular check–ups with your veterinarian will help keep your pets free from fleas.
- Infected: When germs get inside of a body, animal, or an organism.
- Insect repellent: Product applied to skin, clothing or surfaces to keep insects away.
- Lymph nodes: A small structure in your body that removes germs that could potentially harm your body.