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do you think i should be afraid of the bubonic plague?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes and no: It will come through again and cause widespread mortality if and only if there is a massive collapse in society (i.e., a nuclear war) and people are once again foolish enough to stop keeping cats. You won't meet pneumonic or septicemic disease in today's world and if you meet the bubonic form from a woodchuck's fleas, you'll be sick in time for shotgun antibiotics to cure you.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does the bubonic plague still exist?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
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.
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 44-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for bubonic plague?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Ermananswered
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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