Deschutes County verifies a local resident’s case of the human plague

Deschutes County verifies a local resident's case of the human plague

Deschutes County verifies a local resident’s case of the human plague

Deschutes County verifies a local resident’s case of the human plague: A local person has been proven to have the man plague by Deschutes County Health Services. The person’s symptomatic pet cat was probably the source of the infection.

Deschutes County Health Officer Dr. Richard Fawcett stated, “All close contacts of the resident and their pet have been contacted and provided medication to prevent illness.”

Humans often experience the symptoms of the plague two to eight days after coming into contact with an infected animal or flea. A sudden onset of fever, nausea, chills, weakness, muscle aches, and/or noticeably swollen lymph nodes known as “buboes” are some of the symptoms that may be present.

Pneumonic plague (lung infection) and/or septicemic plague (bloodstream infection) can develop from bubonic plague if it is not identified and treated promptly. These plague varieties are more serious and challenging to cure. Luckily, this case was detected early in the illness and cured, so there was little danger to the public. No new plague cases have surfaced in the course of the examination into communicable diseases.

As per the Oregon Health Authority, the last documented instance of plague in Oregon was in 2015. It can infect people or other animals when an infected flea bites them or when they come into touch with an infected animal. In Central Oregon, mice and other rodents can potentially carry the plague, although squirrels and chipmunks are the most prevalent carriers of the illness.

Advice for stopping the spread of the plague:

Steer clear of rats and their fleas at all costs. Never handle sick, wounded, or lifeless rodents.
When taking pets outside, wear a leash and use flea prevention measures to keep them safe. Pets should not be allowed to investigate rodent burrows or approach ill or dead rodents.

Cats kept as pets are particularly vulnerable to the plague, and they can also spread the bacteria to people. Try to dissuade them from going after rodents. If your cat becomes ill after coming into contact with rodents, get in touch with a veterinarian right once.

People should remove food, woodpiles, and other rodent attractants from the areas surrounding their homes and outbuildings in order to keep wild rats out of them.
Stay away from animal burrows and areas where dead rodents are visible if you plan to camp, sleep, or relax.
In campgrounds and picnic places, do not feed squirrels, chipmunks, or other wild rodents. Food and trash should be kept in rodent-proof containers.

Tuck long pants into boot tops to minimize flea exposure. To help lessen exposure to fleas, treat socks and trouser cuffs with insect repellent.

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