Feline plague in New Mexico: Risk factors and transmission to humans

M. Eidson, L. A. Tierney, O. J. Rollag, T. Becker, T. Brown, H. F. Hull

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The epidemiologic features of 60 cases of feline plague from 1977-1985 in New Mexico are reviewed. The most frequent clinical presentation was lethargy, anorexia, fever and enlarged lymph nodes or abscesses. A history of hunting rodents was reported in 75 per cent of all cases. Five human plague cases were associated with five feline cases. Recommendations are presented for prevention of plague infection and transmission to humans, including restraining cats from roaming and hunting by neutering and keeping them indoors, treating them for fleas, and seeking medical care for febrile illnesses, especially when accompanied by enlarged lymph nodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1333-1335
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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