Pest-control worker infected in piercing outbreak

NEW YORK — A woman who worked in an industrial piercing facility in New York City has been infected with a plague-like strain of the plague that was first discovered in Germany and has been linked to more than 500 cases of the disease, state health officials said Tuesday.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was exposed to a strain of pneumonic plague while working in the manufacturing facilities at Pest Control, a New York-based health care provider that specializes in performing medical procedures, according to a news release from the state Department of Health.

The worker was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Pest Control officials said that while the woman was infected, she was not contagious to anyone, and she has been tested for pneumonic and pandemic strains of the coronavirus.

Pests have been in decline in the United States for decades.

The latest outbreak is the first reported to occur outside of Germany, which has experienced a resurgence of the virus since the early 2000s, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.