KKTV 11 News | Colorado Springs, Pueblo | 11 For Health

Hospital says Colo. girl with plague is recovering

By: AP
By: AP
Officials say a 7-year-old Colorado girl diagnosed with bubonic plague has been moved out of intensive care and is recovering.

AP

Officials say a 7-year-old Colorado girl diagnosed with bubonic plague has been moved out of intensive care and is recovering.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children said Tuesday 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing of Pagosa Springs is in good condition.

She was airlifted to the Denver hospital on Aug. 25. Officials believe she contracted the plague during a family outing at a campground northwest of Pagosa Springs.

It's the first confirmed case of the plague in humans in Colorado since 2006. The disease can spread from rodents to humans by bites from infected fleas or by handling infected animals.

Federal health officials say an average of seven cases of bubonic plague are reported in the United States each year.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children is part of Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.


KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 168554566 - kktv.com/a?a=168554566