Oregon man recovering from rare case of plague
One look at Paul Gaylord’s hands shows why the plague is referred to as ‘‘Black Death.’’ The welder’s once-strong hands have been withered by the cell-killing infection and darkened to the color of charcoal. Doctors are waiting to determine whether they can save a portion of his fingers, but the outlook is grim. “I don’t think I can do my job,’’ Gaylord said from a hospital bed. Gaylord contracted a rare case of the plague trying to take a mouse from the jaws of a choking cat.