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Possible case of Plague variant in Portland, Oregon

CDC on high alert. Two children sought in connection with first known case in modern times.

An elderly woman residing in Portland, Oregon, Evelyn Idun, is thought to be presenting symptoms of the Black Plague, the deadly disease responsible for millions of deaths between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. Local, state, and federal agencies are treating the case with utmost caution.

The victim has been isolated at Oregon Health Sciences University and is under the care of world-renowned stem cell researcher and infectious disease expert, Dr. Roberta Fludd. Questions as to the specific variant of the disease and the mechanism by which it may spread have not been answered.

There are three variants of the plague: Bubonic, characterized by swelling of the lymph nodes, is believed to be transmitted by fleas on rodents or bats; Pneumonic, which attacks the respiratory system, can be spread by simply breathing exhaled air from a victim; and Septicemic, which attacks the circulatory system.

As a precaution, medical professionals are going house to house in Ms. Idun’s neighborhood to administer vaccinations. The victim’s two adopted teens, Daphna and Dexter Wax (pictured above), are missing and may be fleeing out of fear (see link here for the Wax twins in the news last year in connection with the murders of several members of a local old-age home managed by Ms. Idun). A statewide search is now underway. If any citizen sees either of the children, he or she is advised not to approach them, but rather to alert authorities at once.