Plague suspected in open space north of Westcliff
(Mar 20, 2013)
UPDATE 032112 - The testing results of the fleas came back negative, so there is no plague confirmation. Jeffco health officials plan to keep the signs up for the time being while they monitor the site.
Suspected plague has killed off the prairie dog colony in the portion of the Big Dry Creek Open Space north of the Westcliff subdivision, and the public is being warned to stick to the trails through that area.
The impacted area is located north of Westcliff subdivision (99th Avenue and Otis Street), west of U.S. 36, south of Big Dry Creek, and east of Big Dry Creek.
Officials from the Jefferson County Health Department have visited the site and collected samples of the fleas that transmit the plague. Results of the testing are expected next week.
Signs have been posted along the Big Dry Creek Trail warning people and their pets in the area to stay on the trail.
Questions about the situation, including its potential impact on humans and pets, should be directed to Jefferson County Health at 303-271-5700. Also visit the Jefferson County website for more information.