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Bubonic plague suspected to be transmitted by pet cats in Oregon

Bubonic plague is one of the “Black Deaths”. When humans are bitten by infected fleas, Yersinia pestis invades the lymph nodes through the wounds and begins to multiply. Humans can also become infected through infected cats, dogs, and other pets.oregonDeschutes County health officials recently said a man may have been infected with bubonic plague from his pet cat, the first case of bubonic plague in the state since 2015.

After the cat kept in the man’s house showed symptoms of bubonic plague infection, the owner also got infected. Local health officials did not release the name of the person, and no other cases of community transmission were found after initial investigation.

Richard Fawcett, Discord County health director, said the health unit has provided preventative medications to pets and pets that were in close contact with the person. Fortunately, the case was confirmed and recognized at an early stage of symptoms. Treatment, the risk of community infection is low.

The incubation period of bubonic plague is approximately 2 to 8 days. Apart from lymphadenopathy, other symptoms include sudden fever, chills, vomiting, headache, physical weakness, etc. Some patients experience muscle pain, rapid heartbeat, gastrointestinal discomfort, etc. If not treated promptly, septic shock or even death can occur within 3 to 5 days after symptoms appear.

In central Oregon, for example, the most common animals that spread bubonic plague are squirrels, chipmunks and squirrels, health officials say. To avoid bubonic plague, humans and pets should avoid contact with rodents and fleas, including sick, injured, or dead rodents.

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