Published On: Fri, Oct 30th, 2015

Oregon teen diagnosed with Bubonic plague

Oregon Girl is 16th U.S. Plague Case This Year


“A girl is believed to have acquired the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip near Heppner in Morrow County that started on Oct. 16, ” the health department said in a statement on its website.

“She reportedly fell ill on Oct. 21 and was hospitalized in Bend on Oct. 24. She is recovering in the hospital’s intensive care unit.”

There have been 16 cases of plague this year in the US, and four people have died.

Early symptoms of plague include high fever, chills, nausea, weakness and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin.

It is easy to treat Plague with antibiotics if patients are diagnosed in time. About 16 percent of patients die, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The CDC says doctors should think about plague when they see patients with flu-like symptoms who have been outdoors where they might encounter fleas.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the plague was introduced to the United States in 1900 by rat-infested steamships that had sailed from affected areas, mostly in Asia.

In recent years, less than 10 human plague cases have been reported in the U.S. each year, the agency said.

Fox affiliate KPTV reports the unidentified girl is recovering in an intensive care unit, and her condition is unknown.



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