By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the report of a possible human plague case in Colorado, state health authorities say plague was confirmed in a 10-year-old girl from La Plata County.

Bipolar staining of a plague smear prepared from lymph aspirated from an adenopathic lymph node, or bubo, of a plague patient./CDC

The child was a member of a local 4H group, the Weaselskin 4H Club.

“We are so sad for the loss of this young Coloradan and our deepest condolences go to the family,” said Dr. Jennifer House of CDPHE. “Public health is doing an epidemiological investigation and wants Coloradans to know that while this disease is very rare, it does occur sometimes, and to seek medical care if you have symptoms.”

The child is the first person to die from plague in Colorado since 2015.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment said the investigation of the case to determine how and when the girl contracted plague is continuing.