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where is plague most common?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 the world, there are 1000-3000 cases of plague reported each year, mainly from Africa, southern Asia, and South America (plus there are an unknown number of unreported cases).
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Outside of US: Africa, asia, south america. It is rare in europe and the us/canada.

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How is plague transmitted?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 (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). The chances of survival without treatment is about 50% for bubonic, and zero for pneumonic.
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How do people get plague?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 (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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Could you get plague from another person?

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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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How is plague treated?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Antibiotics,hospital: Patients with suspected plague are put in strict isolation units and treatment is started with antibiotics such as gentamicin, streptomycin, doxycycline, tetracyline, Septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ciprofloxacin, or chloramphenicol. With treatment, the death rate drops from about 50% to about 15% (the majority of the cases are bubonic plague). Pneumonic plague is fatal if treatment is not started in 24 hours.
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Who is at risk for getting plague?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 who live in overcrowded, unsanitary housing, with a high rat population; veterinarians or outdoor workers have contact with sick cats or other animals; hunters, campers, hikers in CO, UT, NM, AZ.

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