Teen dies of rare case of plague

Los Angeles Times - - CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING - — Katie Shep­herd

A16-year-old boy who ap­peared to have the com­mon flu has died of a rare case of the plague, of­fi­cials said.

Tay­lor Gaes’ ill­ness didn’t present with the tell­tale sign of the in­fec­tion, swollen lymph nodes, which would have alerted of­fi­cials to the ill­ness sooner, said Katie O’Don­nell, a Larimer County Health Depart­ment spokes­woman.

The plague is “very rare, which makes it hard to di­ag­nose,” O’Don­nell said.

Tay­lor died June 8 but of­fi­cials re­vealed his ill­ness Fri­day.

Of­fi­cials are un­sure which type of plague Tay­lor con­tracted, though they sus­pect bubonic plague be­cause it is the most com­mon and the eas­i­est to trans­mit through a bug bite.

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