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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Bubonic Plague: is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected rat flea, (Xenopsylla cheopis). Rarely transmitted by contact with infected tissue or person to per ... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Flea bite: The flea takes bacteria from the blood of a wild animal (in the usa, it's often a woodchuck) and transmits it to you. Only a few people get infected e ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Plagues: The bubonic plague spread rapidly due to the hardy nature of fleas and rodents. These are the main hosts and transmittors of bubonic plague...Humans ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Moore
7 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Plague is still present in the southwestern United States, as well as many other parts of the world. It is easily treatable with antibiotics if diagno ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Yersinia/pasteurella: Pestis is the bacterium, spread by rat flea; infesting and enlarging lympnodes (bubos). High fever, acral necrosis, seizures. The pneumonic form skips ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Well..: Smallpox ended as a result of an aggressive world wide vaccination program. Polio is essentially gone in the U.S. due to vaccination efforts, but is ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience in Family Medicine
No: Yersinia pestis, the cause of bubonic plague, is transmitted by the bites of infected fleas.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Plague: Fever, chills and extremely painful lymph node swelling usually in the groin or axilla.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yersinia pestis: Generally not. Person-to-person spread occurs through the respiratory route in patients with plague pneumonia. Most cases are acquired via the bite ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Same disease: This is the epidemic form of infection by f pestis. It was called "black" because at the end the disseminated intravascular coagulation caused gangren ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Bubonic plague: Bubonic plague is caused by bacteria Yersinia pestis also known as Pasteurela pestis, it results from bite of a infected flea which are often found on ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
27 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Pneumonic plague: Plague causes a very severe form of pneumonia and deprives the body of oxygen. It can spread very easily from person to person.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Doyle
31 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Usually: There are three primary forms of plague, caused by Yersinia pestis which is transmitted via fleas: bubonic plague, septicemic plague and pneumonic pla ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
They are...: The medical terms to characterize aspects of infection caused by the plague bacillus, Yersinia pestis. Septicemic means that the organism has caused a ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Bites; air droplets: The plague is usually bubonic (one catches it from being bit by infected fleas or rodents, and the bacteria infects one's lymph nodes) or pneumonic (o ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Yersinia/pasteurella: Pestis is the bacterium, spread by rat flea; infesting and enlarging lympnodes (bubos). High fever, acral necrosis, seizures. The pneumonic form skips ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience in Family Medicine
Blood: Blood cultures, examinations, and pcr/dna testing.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No: Mosquitoes do not transmit Ebola.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Old terms: Plague is caused by a bacterium. "monera" is an old term that covers both the common bacteria and the archaea, the latter a less-familiar evolutionary ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tony Su
Dr. Tony Su answered
32 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes, if untreated: This is a fatal disease if left untreated. Mortality is 50% even if treated with antibiotics known to be effective against yersinia pestis which is tr ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
See below part 1: Pneumonic plague can be primary or secondary. Primary pneumonic plague can be acquired by inhalation of respiratory secretions or aerosolized droplets ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
No, unless....: This is extremely unlikely to happen unless it was due to bioterrorism.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Bubonic plague epide: Who knows if there is biological terror attack it is theoretically possible.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andreas Kogelnik
20 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: Absolutely, in recent years west nile virus has been in epidemic mode sweeping from the east coast of the us to the west. Encephalitis is present on ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Thankfully, not sure: Best description I ever read was http://tinyurl.Com/4gvjk nobody I know has ever seen a "the plague" and historians argue whether we really know what ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience in Family Medicine
Antibiotics: Amoxicillin, cefotaxime, ceftriaxone, gentamicin, doxycycline, and Ofloxacin were active in vitro, like the reference drug streptomycin, against the ... Read More

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