PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in Central Oregon say a second person bitten by a plague-stricken cat in June was infected with the disease.
Karen Yeargain of the Crook County Health Department says the woman was bitten by the cat at the same time as Paul Gaylord, a Prineville man who made national headlines when he almost died from the rare disease.
The woman who asked not to be identified was treated with antibiotics after showing early symptoms of the plague and recovered.
Lab results received last week from blood sent to the federal Centers for Disease Control confirmed she had the disease back in June.
Gaylord spent almost a month on life support after he and the woman were bitten while trying to remove a mouse from the sick cat's throat.