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An Oregon resident has contracted bubonic plague from their pet cat, marking the first case in the state since 2015. Plague bacteria circulates in various types of rodents and their fleas, causing an average of seven human cases a year.
Plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis, circulates cryptically in the US in various types of rodents and their fleas. It causes an average of seven human cases a year...
The person's case responded well to antibiotic treatment and they are recovering. Health officials have contacted close contacts and provided medication to prevent illness.
Fawcett told NBC News that the cat was 'very sick'...