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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Antibiotics,hospital: Patients with suspected plague are put in strict isolation units and treatment is started with antibiotics such as gentamicin, streptomycin, doxycycli ... Read More

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Bites or sick people: 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
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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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Outside the U.S.: In the U.S., there are about 10-15 cases of plague reported each year. The cases are usually from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. Throughout ... Read More
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 37-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 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 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Plague : Most cases are bubonic... fever and very painful bubo (lymph node).
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 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 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 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 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Plague: The bacteria is easily cultured but in plague endemic areas bubonic disease with its extremely painful bubo (lymph node) is classic.
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 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 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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Frymark
45 years experience in Dentistry
Bacteria : Germs love to colonize the human mouth. It's wet, warm, dark, and exposed to air as well as airless conditions. Plus, there are nutrients from the f ... Read More
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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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Probably yes: Rats, prairie dogs, chipmunks, squirrels, deer mice, etc..., and the fleas of all these animals can carry the plague. Other animals, such as rabbits, ... Read More
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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 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Antibiotics and luck: Pneumonic plague is thought to be uniformly fatal. Antibiotics can stop the progression to death, but must be given within 24 hours of first symptoms ... 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No: Mosquitoes do not transmit Ebola.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Somewhat effective: Patients with suspected plague are put in strict isolation units and treatment is started with antibiotics such as gentamicin, streptomycin, doxycycli ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
50% if Bu, 0% if Pne: 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes, antibiotics: Patients with suspected plague are put in strict isolation units and treatment is started with antibiotics such as gentamicin, streptomycin, doxycycli ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience in Family Medicine
Antibiotics: Bubonic and/or pneumonic plague, which is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which lives in the fleas of rodents. The flees bite people and tran ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Contact with rats...: Increased risk for getting the plague in the U.S. includes: people who live in CO, UT, NM, or AZ, and have contact with rats or wild animals; people ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Lu answered
6 years experience in Family Medicine
Good sanitation: In general, plague is prevented by eliminating rodents and fleas, especially in the areas where plague is known to be endemic (like the western United ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Pneumonic plague: Can be acquired two days: by being coughed upon by someone who has pneumonic plague ( this is called primary) or by bloodstream spread from the buboni ... Read More

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