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This image depicts a domestic cat, crouched in a ground burrow, in an environment where fleas were also prevalent. Domestic cats are highly susceptible to plague infection and frequently die of the disease. Cat infections usually involve the pharyngeal region and cats often develop secondary plague pneumonia. Submaxillary nodes or buboes are common and prominent among feline victims of plague. Cats probably acquire plague infection most often by mouthing or ingesting rodent tissue. Human cases acquired from cats typically involve direct contact with infective fluids from ruptured or abscessed nodes, or inoculation of organisms via cat bites or scratches.
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