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KUSA – Three more Colorado residents have been diagnosed with the plague, bringing the overall total up to four, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment confirms.

The three patients – who each had contact with a dog that died of the plague – all had mild symptoms, and are no longer contagious following treatment.

The original patient is still in the hospital.

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Authorities say the dog was likely exposed to a prairie dog or rabbit with plague-infected fleas in eastern Adams County.

Health officials say individuals who may have been exposed to the four plague cases have been identified and are receiving antibiotic treatment.

Tri-County Health Department staff members have gone door-to-door in Adams County to provide information about the plague after flea samples in the area tested positively for plague bacteria.

Additional information about the plague is available here: http://www.cdc.gov/plague.

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