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Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Oct;55(7):e58-60. doi: 10.1093/cid/cis578. Epub 2012 Jun 19.

Misidentification of Yersinia pestis by automated systems, resulting in delayed diagnoses of human plague infections--Oregon and New Mexico, 2010-2011.

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  • 1Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.


One human plague case was reported in Oregon in September 2010 and another in New Mexico in May 2011. Misidentification of Yersinia pestis by automated identification systems contributed to delayed diagnoses for both cases.

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