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Plague

Factsheet

Plague is an infectious disease of animals and humans caused by a bacterium named Yersinia pestis. People usually get plague from being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an infected animal.
 


Disease Reporting

What is required?

Health care providers and clinical laboratories

Health care providers and clinical laboratories are required by law to report cases and suspect cases of plague to local health departments immediately, day or night, after identification. Call 971-673-1111 to reach the state health department doctor on call.

For Local Health Departments

For reportable diseases lacking Oregon-specific investigative guidelines or case report forms, please contact the epidemiologist on call for assistance.


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