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Oregon man contracts plague after stray cat attacked him

Feeling frisky? One Oregon man is, but not in a good way. He tried to pry a dead mouse from a stray cat. So, of course, the cat attacked him. A few days later, he developed a fever, and eventually felt so sick he had to check himself into a hospital.

The prognosis? Cat scratch fever? No, worse. He has the plague.

Thought it died out a long time ago, huh? Nope, it’s still around, infecting 10-15 people in the US each year.

And it’s wreaking havoc on the man, who’s now in critical condition. Doctors aren’t sure which animal passed it to him – the cat or the dead mouse.

Lucky for him, it’s treatable with antibiotics. Let’s just hope he fares better than 13th century Europe.

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