Oregon Man Catches ‘Bubonic Plague’ From Mouse
Sometimes a good deed just doesn’t work out so well. A man in Oregon contracted the plague after saving a mouse from the jaws of a cat.
The man was bitten on the hand on June 2nd as he pulled the mouse from the mouth of a stray cat. He is currently listed in critical condition and being treated with antibiotics at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend.
Known as “Black Death”, the bubonic plague killed millions in Europe in the 14th century. It is rare today but still there are reported cases numbering a 1,000 to 3,000 a year. It is hard to catch in Oregon though, only five cases have been identified in the past seventeen years.