Oregon bubonic plague case likely came from pet cat, officials say

Health officials in Central Oregon have confirmed a case of human bubonic plague and said they individual was was likely infected by a domestic house cat.

The unidentified infected person lives in Deschutes County and marks the state’s first human case in just over eight years, Deschutes County Health Services officials announced in a news release.

Deschutes County is just under 200 miles southeast of Portland, the state’s largest city.

“All close contacts of the resident and their pet have been contacted and provided medication to prevent illness,” Deschutes County Health Services Officer Dr. Richard Fawcett wrote the announcement released Wednesday.

First appeared on www.usatoday.com

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