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Volume 25, Number 12—December 2019

Animal Exposure and Human Plague, United States, 1970–2017

Stefanie B. Campbell, Christina A. Nelson, Alison F. Hinckley, and Kiersten J. KugelerComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

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Table 2

Animal type and nature of interaction for 258 human plague case-patients with identified animal exposures, United States, 1970–2017

Category of animal interaction Domestic animal, n = 154, no. (%)* Wild animal, n = 134, no. (%)*
Bite, scratch, lick, cough 20 (13) 2 (1)
Skinning 0 (0) 54 (40)
Handling a sick or dead animal 29 (19) 37 (24)
Co-sleeping 31 (20) 0 (0)
Casual handling or touching 55 (36) 29 (22)
Other† 19 (12) 12 (9)

*Interaction ordered from highest to lowest risk.
†Walking, feeding, or nature of interaction not specified.

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