Sunday, June 12, 2011

Oregon Cat Biological Hazard

A cat named Meow was diagnosed with the bubonic plague in Prineville Oregon. This is the fourth report since January in the Pacific North West. Despite the common cat falling victim to the bubonic plague, only three cases have been contracted by humans in over a decade. The plague is carried by rodents and if a pet is bitten by a flea that feasted off a contaminated rodent the pet can contract the disease from the flea. Fleas are the vector that carries this wildlife disease into the domestic setting. Dogs however have a natural resilience to the plague and do not show symptoms of the disease although they can carry it. However antibiotic treatment is successful in both people and pets and the cat Meow is expected to make a full recovery. Oregon Live

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