BEND - A second person bitten by a sick cat has been diagnosed with the plague.
Crook County Health Department officials told KTVZ Friday the unidentified woman was bitten by the cat at the same time as a Crook County man who became ill with the plague in June.
He was bitten while trying to take a dead rodent from the mouth of a stray cat, the station reported. More than a dozen people who were in contact with the sick man have been notified and are receiving preventive antibiotics.
There are three types of plague: bubonic, which infects the lymph nodes; pneumonic, which infects the lungs; and septicemic, which infects the blood. The man's infection is septicemic, Yeargain said, which causes a "very significant generalized illness."
Symptoms of the plague in humans, which typically appear within four days, include fever, chills and a bloody or watery cough. In pets, plague typically presents itself with enlarged lymph nodes under the jaw, as well as fever and tiredness.