BREAKING NEWS: A Crook County, Oregon, girl is being treated in the hospital for bubonic plague, a disease medical officials believe she contracted from a flea bite during a hunting trip in Morrow County. Her condition hasn’t been released, but she’s in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Bend, CNN reported. State and federal officials, as well as medical authorities, are investigating and warning area individuals to watch out for rodents, including chipmunks, squirrels and rats. The animals are carriers of infected fleas, which can then jump to humans and bite.
Symptoms of the plague include an overall feeling of sickness, sudden and high fever, stomach pain, swollen lymph nodes, nausea and vomiting. The symptoms kick in two to six days after exposure, but can be successfully treated with antibiotics in many cases. So far, 15 other cases of plague have surfaced this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Of those, four have died. FULL REPORT