Medline ® Abstract for Reference 22
of 'Epidemiology, microbiology and pathogenesis of plague (Yersinia pestis infection)'
Human bubonic plague transmitted by a domestic cat scratch.
Weniger BG, Warren AJ, Forseth V, Shipps GW, Creelman T, Gorton J, Barnes AM
Bubonic plague was transmitted to a 10-year-old girl in Oregon by a scratch wound inflicted by a domestic cat. The cat probably was infected by contact with infected wild rodents or their fleas. Yersinia pestis was identified in Diamanus montanus fleas collected from an abandoned burrow near the patient's home. Domestic cats may infect humans with Y pestis by inoculation from a scratch.