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does the bubonic plague still exist?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Moore answered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
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 diagnosed early.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Almost all of the approximately 3000 annually reported cases of plague in the world occur in African countries: Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zaire. A few cases are seen in other parts of the world. The U.S. has 10-15 cases per year, usually in CO, UT, NM, and AZ. Europe has not had plague since WWII. Australia also does not have plague.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

If I were to meet someone with the bubonic plague, could I catch it?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Even if there is no touching between a patient with bubonic plague and a visitor, the patient's plague bacteria may have spread to his lungs. When the patient breathes out, sneezes, coughs, or talks, some aerosolized moisture droplets containing the bacteria can float in the air and be inhaled by the visitor. After a couple of days, the visitor may develop pneumonic plague and die a quick death.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of bubonic plague.?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
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 caused the 14th century epidemic. We are taught it was caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. There is no proof, but good circumstantial evidence. Some argue modern Yersinia disease is different, but it probably evolved/mutated over 700+ years.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me the typical symptoms of bubonic plague?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Plague: Fever, chills and extremely painful lymph node swelling usually in the groin or axilla.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for bubonic plague?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Blood: Blood cultures, examinations, and pcr/dna testing.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for bubonic plague?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Antibiotics: Amoxicillin, cefotaxime, ceftriaxone, gentamicin, doxycycline, and Ofloxacin were active in vitro, like the reference drug streptomycin, against the strain Yersinia pestis, the causative agent for the bubonic plague.

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