A child, who authorities aren’t identifying, has come down with the bubonic plague. Luckily, the bot responded well to antibiotics and is now recovering at home. Officials are still trying to figure out if he contracted it at home or during a trip to Oregon. The last case the state saw was 26 years ago.
Sarah Correll, an epidemiologist at the Central District Health Department explains how you come down with the “black death,” “Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea. People can decrease their risk by treating their pets for fleas and avoiding contact with wildlife. Wear insect repellent, long pants and socks when visiting plague affected areas.
Though the disease is treatable now, last year an outbreak in Madagascar killed over 200 people.