By Guy Quenneville, CBC News, July 19, 2017 

‘The real risk for people is very low,’ says Parks Canada of rodent found in Grasslands National Park

Parks Canada has closed off a Saskatchewan national park’s remote prairie dog colony to the public after a rodent from the area tested positive for sylvatic plague — the same bacteria that causes the bubonic and pneumonic plagues in humans.

“In this case, the real risk for people is very low,” Adriana Bacheschi, the acting superintendent for Park Canada’s south Saskatchewan field unit, said Wednesday.

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