Plague confirmed in man who tried to save mouse

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon health officials have confirmed that a man who tried to save a mouse from the mouth of a stray cat has the plague.

State public health veterinarian Dr. Emilio De Bess says the man was infected when he was bitten by either the stray his family had befriended and named Charlie or the mouse.

The body of the feline is being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing.

The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, remains in critical condition at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend.

His illness marks the fifth case of plague in Oregon since 1995.

More than a dozen people who were in contact with the sick man have been notified and are receiving preventive antibiotics.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 159208685