What an interesting topic – finding out a disease I thought was eradicated (or at least extinct) is really alive and well.
Still carried by small animals – mainly of the rat-like variety, but apparently cats are popular carriers too. Found in the Far East and the western US – answering my question about NC mountain lions. In people there is a several day incubation period, then lymph nodes swell, and it can be treated with antibiotics if found early enough.
Do not touch dead animals.Wear a protective suit if you will be in contact with dead animals. It is mainly transmitted through flea bites however.
There are quite a few sources including the CDC. That link has multiple pages. If you want to see what it does to a lymph node, they have a picture, but it’s not a pretty sight.