Wyoming, in the western USA, is facing with a new health concern. Bubonic plague was identified in Wyoming cat. The problem is that it is the third infection recorded in six months in Wyoming. Both the previous bubonic plague cases were also registered in felines.
According to its owners, the cat was used to wander near the family’s home. Suddenly, the feline showed symptoms of bubonic plague. The owners reported the situation and samples were sent for testing. The experts at a lab at the University of Wyoming confirmed that the Wyoming cat was indeed infected with bubonic plague.
According to a spokesperson for the Wyoming Department of Health, the feline recovered from bubonic plague thanks to antibiotics and other treatments. As we know already, bubonic plague wiped out millions of people during the so-called “Black Death” event during the Middle Ages.
Bubonic Plague Identified in Wyoming Cat, And It Is The Third Infection Recorded in Six Months
Thanks to modern-day antibiotics, in particular, the plague is not anymore a threat to the public health, and since 1978, there have been only six cases of bubonic plague infection in humans, across Wyoming. The most recent one happened in 2008. On the other hand, bubonic plague affects more people in Africa and Asia.
“Plague is a serious bacterial infection that can be deadly for pets and people if not treated as soon as possible with antibiotics,” Dr. Alexia Harrist stated. “We are letting people know of the potential threat in the cat’s home area as well as across the state,” the doctor added.
Human plague symptoms include fever, swollen and tender lymph glands, extreme exhaustion, headache, chills, coughing, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
“While the disease is rare in humans, plague occurs naturally in the western United States in areas where rodents and their fleas become infected,” Harrist continued.