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Human bubonic plague transmitted by a domestic cat scratch.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
JAMA
Publication Date
Volume
251
Issue
7
Pages
927–928
Identifiers
PMID: 6694293
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Bubonic plague was transmitted to a 10-year-old girl in Oregon by a scratch wound inflicted by a domestic cat. The cat probably was infected by contact with infected wild rodents or their fleas. Yersinia pestis was identified in Diamanus montanus fleas collected from an abandoned burrow near the patient's home. Domestic cats may infect humans with Y pestis by inoculation from a scratch.

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