A 16-year-old girl that was diagnosed with the bubonic plague shortly after a hunting trip near Heppner, Oregon was released from intensive care.
A young hunter in Oregon that contracted the deadly disease known as the bubonic plague has been released from the intensive care unit at St. Charles Hospital.
The disease was most likely caused by a flea bite during a hunting trip to the Heppner area.
Fleas normally carried by small animals and rodents will jump from their host when that host dies, and immediately try to attach itself to a new animal.
Care should be used when handling dead squirrels, and other small animals that could potentially carry fleas.
The girl was treated at St. Charles Hospital for a week and then released from the ICU.
Dr. Katrina Hedberg said “It’s very treatable, luckily we have antibiotics and the sooner that people get antibiotics, and it’s often IV antibiotics, it is curable”
The young woman from Crook County is the sixteenth person in the U.S. that has contracted the disease this year, and the eighth in the state of Oregon since 1995.