Saturday, September 15, 2012

Second person diagnosed with plague in Crook Co, Oregon

A Crook County woman diagnosed with the plague is believed to have contracted the disease from the same outdoor cat that also infected a Prineville man earlier this summer.

The Crook County Health Department reported Friday that the woman was bitten by the same outdoor cat that also bit Prineville resident Paul Gaylord, who was diagnosed with plague bacteria Yersinia Pestis in June. Gaylord spent several weeks in intensive care at a Bend hospital. The two were bitten by the cat at approximately the same time, the health department said.

Laboratory blood tests conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed late last week that she had tested positive for the disease.

The woman, whose name was not released, was beginning to display symptoms in June, and was attempting to get treatment at an unnamed hospital outside Crook County. She told doctors that she may have the plague, but doctors at the hospital did not believe this was possible, according nurse Karen Yeargain, communicable disease coordinator for the health department. Read More