Pet diagnosed with bubonic plague

There is a case of Bubonic Plague in western Nebraska.  Scotts Bluff County Health Director Bill Wineman told county officials Monday that a domesticated cat near Gering has the illness.  Wineman says this is a warning to pet owners to check their animals for fleas.  The plague is transmitted through the bite of infected fleas.  People can get the illness through contact with infected mice and other rodents and pets.  Symptoms in people include swollen glands in the neck, armpit or groin.  People should also check to make sure their property is rodent-free.