Bubonic Plague Cancels Colorado Rapids’ Post-Game Celebration
A headline straight out of medieval Europe: Due to Bubonic Plague, there would be no post-game celebration after the Rapids' win on Saturday night in Denver.
According to Billboard, the soccer team canceled its celebratory fireworks show because of plague-ridden critters nearby. The health department warned that fleas and prairie dogs in the surrounding area near DICK's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City carry the disease.
'Following recommendations from the Tri-County Health Department and the City of Commerce City, the Colorado Rapids game...will go ahead as scheduled,' the Colorado Rapids said in a press release.
'However, it has been recommended that the post-game fireworks display be canceled due to the confirmed presence of plague-infested fleas affecting prairie dog colonies in the surrounding areas. The launch site for the fireworks display is located in an area closed down by authorities which left the club with no alternative but to cancel.'
Billboard also stated that parts of Colorado 'are endemic with plague, meaning the disease continually circulates.'
The disease is carried by rodents like prairie dogs (yes, they're cute, but keep your distance). Fear not too much though, Larimer County's plague risk is currently low.
'The last Larimer County resident infected was in 2015,' Larimer County Public Health officials report. 'Prior to that, the last confirmed case was in 1999.'
You can read more from Billboard here.