Man Catches Black Plague Saving Mouse

Oregonian in critical condition

Caty Enders

An unidentified Oregon man is in critical condition with a rare case of the black plague after attempting to rescue a mouse from the jaws of a stray cat. The man, said to be in his 50s, was bitten on the hand June 2 by either the mouse or the cat and shortly thereafter developed symptoms that sent him to the emergency room. “Taking a mouse out of a cat’s mouth is probably not a good idea,” said Emilio DeBess, Oregon’s public health veterinarian. The plague, which wiped out a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century, is now extremely rare and has killed just four people since 1934.

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