I regularly run by fields of prairie dogs here in Colorado and “The Plague” always comes to mind while they chirp away. A while back I read Dr. Ruben Santiago’s piece on Ciguatera and thought to myself, we’ve got plenty of scary animal-related things in the landlocked states, I should write about the plague! While rare, living in an area with a prominent veterinary program, we do deal with it occasionally. Fast forward two years, and I’ve finally carved out a little time to put this, relative to current affairs, uplifting infographic together.

Tony Mixon, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, BCCCP



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