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Part of Cherry Creek Regional Trail closed due to plague in nearby prairie dog colony

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 12:49:26-04

DENVER -- A section of the Cherry Creek Regional Trail has been closed because of plague.

The disease was found in a nearby prairie dog colony.

A trail is closed at the Hungry Horse Open Space from Scott Road to a spot 1.4 miles north of Scott Road. Access from the north Pinery Parkway trailhead is also closed.

Douglas County staff said they found evidence of plague during a routine inspection and that Tri-County Health Department will be treating the property over the next few days. 

The trail is expected to be closed through November 14.

Plague is transmitted predominantly by the bite of infected fleas, but can also be transmitted through infected body fluids, according to Douglas County.

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