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Idaho child who is recovering from the plague may have contracted it in Oregon

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A child from Idaho is recovering after getting the plague this week.

The Central District Health Department in Idaho says it's unknown if the child got it in the state or from a recent trip to Oregon. The heath department says the plague is historically found in wildlife in both states.

There have been eight human cases confirmed in Oregon and two in Idaho since 1990. The health department says the plague is rare in humans but is seen in some rodent populations including ground squirrels in Idaho. Fleas spread the disease between animals. The plague can also be transmitted to humans by direct contact with infected animals or their fleas. Person-to-person transmission is extremely rare and in the case of the child, was not a risk factor to others.


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