An unidentified Oregon man contracts Bubonic Plague from a stray cat that he had taken in. Reports say he was trying to take a dead rat from the cat's mouth when he was bitten. On Friday, the man remained in critical condition. Yes, this is the same plague that killed about one-third of the European population in the 14th century.
The bacterium goes through rodent populations without killing them. It is
transmitted back and forth from the rats to the fleas. The cat contracts this by
eating an infected rat. Blood samples have been sent to the CDC from the other
animals that live in the area and from the local shelter. The cat's body has
also been sent to the CDC for testing. Those that have come in contact with
this man have been notified and being treated with preventive antibiotics.
This recent confirmed diagnosis marks the fifth case in Oregon since 1995. At least seven people a year to contract the plague, according to the CDC. Most of these cases are in the southwestern US.
With current antibiotics, the mortality rate is around 16 percent since WWII
it was at 66 percent.
How would you feel if you had been told that you may have come in contact
with the Bubonic Plague? This disease have been pretty much eradicated, but they are making a comeback. What is causing these terrible diseases to make a comeback?