• A person in Deschutes County, Oregon, contracted the plague, marking the first case in the state in over eight years.

The infection is believed to have been contracted from a pet cat, likely bitten by fleas carrying Yersinia pestis, the pathogenic bacterium responsible for the disease. 

The infection can be transmitted to humans through tissue or bodily fluids, such as respiratory droplets or fleas transported to homes. 

Cats are highly vulnerable to plague due to their limited ability to eliminate the infection and their increased propensity to pursue and capture rodent 

The most recent case of human plague in Oregon occurred in 2015, with a flea likely infecting a teenage girl during a hunting trip 

The United States typically experiences an average of seven instances of human plague annually, primarily in rural areas of the western region. 

The case was confirmed by Deschutes County Health Services, with all individuals who had close contact with the infected person and the cat notified and given appropriate medication 

The method of transmission from the cat to the owner remains uncertain, with the possibility of the pet bringing the fleas home or the owner coming into contact with the cat's infected bodily fluids. 

The existence of the extremely rare case of human plague has been confirmed by officials from the Department of Health in Deschutes County.