Oregon human plague case likely came from domestic cat

Health officials this week announced that a resident in rural central Oregon diagnosed with plague was likely infected by their pet cat. 

Deschutes County Health Services confirmed on Wednesday that a local resident had been diagnosed with the disease, making it the first human infection of plague since 2015. The patient’s pet cat had also developed symptoms of the infection, leading health experts to presume the connection.

The most common source of human exposure to plague comes from the bites of fleas carrying the bacteria Yersina pestis.

Cats are highly susceptible to plague, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Not only do their bodies have a more difficult time clearing the infection than other animals, but cats are also more likely than other domesticated pets
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