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Oregon officials report bubonic plague in local resident. They say there is little risk to the community

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon public health officials have reported a case of bubonic plague in a local resident…

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon public health officials have reported a case of bubonic plague in a local resident who they say likely contracted it from a pet cat.

All close contacts of the person and cat were contacted and given medication, Deschutes County Health Officer Dr. Richard Fawcett said in a statement last week.

The county said Wednesday that the case was identified and treated in its early stages and posed little risk to the community.

Symptoms of bubonic plague include sudden onset of fever, nausea, weakness, chills and muscle pain, the county health department said. Symptoms begin two to eight days after exposure to an infected animal or flea.

Bubonic plague can lead to blood and lung infections if not diagnosed early. These forms of the disease are more serious and difficult to treat.

The last time Oregon reported a case of bubonic plague was in 2015.

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This story has been updated to correct that the report was from Wednesday, February 7, not Monday, February 12.

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