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Oregon officials confirm first bubonic plague case in the state since 2015
The Blaze ^ | February 11, 2024 | Collin Jones

Posted on 02/12/2024 7:05:36 AM PST by Twotone

A resident in Oregon has been infected with the state's first instance of bubonic plague since 2015, according to Fox News Digital. The report noted that the individual was likely infected with the plague by their pet cat.

Dr. Richard Fawcett, the Deschutes County health officer, said in a recent release that "[a]ll close contacts of the resident and their pet have been contacted and provided medication to prevent illness."

Officials familiar with the situation said there was little chance that the infection could present an issue for the community since it was treated in the earlier stages of the disease. There have been no additional cases in the area since an investigation into the illness was launched.

The Cleveland Clinic stated on its website that "[p]lague is an infectious disease caused by a specific type of bacterium called Yersinia pestis. Y. pestis can affect humans and animals and is spread mainly by fleas. Bubonic plague is one type of plague. It gets its name from the swollen lymph nodes (buboes) caused by the disease. The nodes in the armpit, groin and neck can become as large as eggs and can ooze pus."

The bubonic plague became a historical illness during the 1300s in Europe. The first wave of the illness in Europe came to be known as the Black Plague, which killed millions of people. The death rate was generally thought to have been between 60% and 90%.

The Cleveland Clinic said the following are the most common symptoms of the illness:

- Sudden high fever and chills. - Pains in the areas of the abdomen, arms and legs. Headaches. - Large and swollen lumps in the lymph nodes (buboes) that develop and leak pus.

Humans can be infected with the disease through bites or contact with infected fleas or animals, according to the report. Officials in central Oregon suggested that the most common animals likely to be carrying the illness would be chipmunks and squirrels. However, mice and other rodents could also carry the disease.

Officials said that the best way to stay uninfected is to steer clear of contact with rodents and fleas, especially those that are sick, injured, or dead.

The illness has also been identified in Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico in recent years. The plague thrives in areas with a high population of rodents or unsanitary locations.

KEYWORDS: oregon; plague

1 posted on 02/12/2024 7:05:36 AM PST by Twotone
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2 posted on 02/12/2024 7:06:09 AM PST by Twotone (We have to stop punishing ourselves for considering things that once seemed crazy. - B. Weinstein)
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To: Twotone

Thousands of homeless junkies swarming in homeless encampments and minimal to non-existent first responder presence. Gee, who could have predicted this?

3 posted on 02/12/2024 7:07:14 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Progressivism is socialism. Venezuela is how it ends.)
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To: Twotone

Might have come from a pet, a FLEA from a pet, a FLEA from an illegal foreign slag invader who carried it in with him when he invaded my country.

4 posted on 02/12/2024 7:08:37 AM PST by Gaffer (Ok)
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To: Twotone

Terrific. :(

5 posted on 02/12/2024 7:08:38 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have, 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set. )
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To: Twotone

Just the start.

6 posted on 02/12/2024 7:11:50 AM PST by brownsfan (It's going to take real, serious, hard times to wake the American public.)
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To: Gaffer

Per the CDC on the plague...

“...Currently, the three most endemic countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, and Peru...”

7 posted on 02/12/2024 7:14:13 AM PST by mewzilla (Never give up; never surrender!)
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They are the ones who need thoroughly checking, testing and inspecting when they hit our borders.

8 posted on 02/12/2024 7:16:23 AM PST by Gaffer (Ok)
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To: Twotone

Colorado gets one or two a year. Prairie dogs.

9 posted on 02/12/2024 7:17:11 AM PST by dynachrome (War does not determine who is right, but who is left.Newark is 46% black)
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