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CT Boy Scout May Have Contracted the Plague in Wyoming

posted Aug 30, 2008, 9:16 AM by Boy Scout Troop 856   [ updated Aug 30, 2008, 9:44 AM by Boy Scout Troop 856 ]
Boy Scouts Trail Blazing in Late July of 2008

A boy scout is in a Connecticut hospital Tuesday with the bubonic plague.

Health officials are trying to determine if he got the disease while he was in Wyoming this summer.

A Boy Scout Spokesman says the 18-year-old was among the hundreds of scouts building trails in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, near the Jackson area.

It's still unknown where the young man may have contracted the disease.

If the did get it in Wyoming, it would be the first case of the plague since 2004 in the state. Wyoming has had only five cases since 1978.

Bubonic plague causes fever, headache and exhaustion. It is spread by rodents, rabbits and fleas.

About 1,100 scouts and adult leaders were helping with the summer projects this year.