A seven-year-old girl is recovering at a Denver hospital from a rare case of bubonic plague she likely contracted from fleas from a dead squirrel at a southwestern Colorado campground, hospital officials said on Wednesday.
Sierra Jane Downing is "fortunate to be alive," but is on the road to recovery after her near-fatal bout with the disease, the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children said in a statement.
It is the first confirmed case of bubonic plague in Colorado since 2006, the hospital said.
Sierra's father Sean Downing described how his daughter had a seizure and stopped breathing for a couple of minutes. "I thought she died, and I was just running for the ER," he said.
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