Oregon officials are rushing to contain an outbreak of bubonic plague after announcing the state’s first case since 2015.
The unidentified resident is believed to have contracted the plague from their symptomatic cat, health officials said on Wednesday.
‘All close contacts of the resident and their pet have been contacted and provided medication to prevent illness,’ Dr. Richard Fawcett, the Deschutes County health officer said in a statement.
There is little risk to the community as the case was identified and treated in the earlier stages of the disease, Fawcett said.
No additional cases of plague have emerged during the communicable disease investigation, according to officials.
This is the first case of bubonic plague in Oregon since a 16-year-old contracted the disease in 2015.
The teenager fell ill after being bitten by an infected flea during a hunting trip near Heppner, Morrow County.
There had been eight cases in the state in the previous 20 years, with none leading to deaths.
In 2012, an Oregon man lost his fingers and toes to the plague. He also contracted the disease from his cat after trying to remove a mouse from his cat’s throat. (Daily Mail)
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