- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A young man has died in Larimer County’s first confirmed plague case since 1999.

Authorities are still investigating the June 8 death but believe the man may have contracted the disease from fleas on a dead animal on family land.

The county Department of Health and Environment is leading the investigation with help from experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the State Health Department and the coroner’s office.

Officials say the family is reaching out to people who visited the home before the cause of death was known. There is a small chance that others could have been bitten by infected fleas.

The CDC says an average of seven human plague cases are reported each year nationwide.

Authorities have not yet identified the man who died.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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