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Plague kills monkey at Denver Zoo

Colorado, USA

May 22, 2007

Officials at Denver Zoo in the US state of Colorado are taking precautions to avoid an outbreak of plague after a monkey at the zoo died of the disease.
The zoo's 17 remaining capuchin monkeys have been put into an isolated cage and are being treated with antibiotics.
Zoo officials suspect the monkey caught the disease from the carcass of an infected squirrel it may have eaten.
Several squirrels and a rabbit have been found dead of the disease in recent weeks near the zoo. Veterinarians say there is little risk of the plague spreading to humans but visitors are being warned to avoid squirrels and rabbits.
None of the zoo's other monkeys or animals have shown symptoms of the plague.

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