House cats transmit human plague in USBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6936.1060a (Published 23 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1060
- F B Charatan
House cats are a growing source of human plague in 13 southwestern states in the US, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There have been 362 cases of human plague reported since 1944, but at that time the disease was found in only three states - California, Arizona, and Mexico. Now cases have been reported from as far east as Texas and as far north as Montana.
Latest reports show 10 new cases last year. Seven of these were bubonic plague, two were due …