Teen contracts bubonic plague in Oregon

A teen girl contracted bubonic plague while on a hunting trip in Crook County, Oregon.

The girl started feeling symptoms three days after her trip in late October. It’s likely that she was bitten by fleas. The girl has been hospitalized, and is currently in intensive care.

The Oregon Health Authority said in a press release:

Plague is an infectious bacterial disease that is carried by squirrels, chipmunks, and other wild rodents and their fleas. When an infected rodent becomes sick and dies, its fleas can carry the infection to other warm-blooded animals or humans through bites.

The plague wiped out 75 to 200 million people in Europe between 1346 and 1353. In the last 20 years, according to KOIN, only about eight people were infected in Oregon, none of whom died.