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Black plague infects Oregon man

Published: Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:20 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2012 at 3:26 AM CDT
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We have an update on a bizarre story from Oregon. A month ago, Paul Gaylord developed symptoms after attempting to rescue his pet cat, which was choking on a mouse. While trying to help the cat, Gaylord was bitten.  Turns out the mouse had fleas that were infected with the plague.  It's a disease common in the middle ages, but extremely rare today. Gaylord later came down with a fever. By the time his illness was actually diagnosed as the plague, his fingers and toes were turning black. Today, Gaylord is described as lucky to be alive. His doctors in Portland have surgically removed part of his fingers and toes, but are still trying to save what they can since he is a welder by trade.

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