Oregon Reports First Human Plague Case in Eight Years, Suspected to Originate from a Pet Cat

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In a recent incident within Oregon, a resident came down with the bubonic plague after exposure to their seriously ill pet cat, marking the state’s first encounter with the disease since 2015, local health authorities report.

Yersinia pestis, the bacterium responsible for the plague, is subtly present across the U.S., primarily within various rodents and their fleas. On average, this results in about seven reported human cases annually, fluctuating between one and seventeen cases, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC highlights two main areas prone to these outbreaks: one covers parts of northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, and southern Colorado,

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