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what is the incubation period for plague?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
2 to 6 days: The incubation period (time between exposure to the bacteria, by a bite or by inhaling the germs, and the development of the first symptoms) for bubonic plague is 2-6 days, and for pneumonic plague is 2-4 days. Less commonly, the incubation period for pneumonic plague can be 1-6 days... which is important, because pneumonic is fatal if treatment isn't started within 24 hours of first symptoms.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Typically short.: A few hours with pulmonary exposure. A few days with the typical bite exposure (bubonic plague).

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What is the mortality rate of plague?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
15% with treatment: The death rate from plague is about 50% without treatment. In the United States, with treatment, the death rate drops to about 15%. Most cases are bubonic plague. For pneumonic plague, the death rate is 100% without treatment. Pneumonic plague is a bad infection and is considered fatal if treatment is not started within 24 hours.
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Does the bubonic plague still exist?

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

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: 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 (one catches it by breathing infected moisture droplets exhaled, sneezed, or coughed out by an infected person or animal, and the bacteria infects one's lungs). Without treatment, pneumonic plague is fatal.
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What is the incubation period for iatrogenic cjd?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Potentially years: Many years. For example some of the cases reported have been after exposures almost 20 years earlier.

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