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In rare case, Colorado teen dies of plague

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(CBS News) -- A young man has died in Larimer County, Colorado, in the county's first confirmed plague case since 1999.

Authorities are still investigating the June 8 death. CBS Denver reports Taylor Gaes died on June 8, most likely from fleas on a dead rodent or other animal on the family acreage. Gaes was a 16-year-old high school athlete who played quarterback on the football team and was a starting pitcher in baseball.

The Larimer County Health Department said this is the first county resident confirmed to have contacted the plague since 1999. The agency is leading the investigation with help from experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the State Health Department and the coroner's office.

Officials say the family is reaching out to people who visited the home before the cause of death was known. There is a small chance that others could have been bitten by infected fleas.

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