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Are there any countries more susceptible to plague infections?

Are there any countries more susceptible to plague infections?

If diagnosed early: It can be treated effectively with antibiotics . However , because it is not common it is not easily diagnosed . By the time it is diagnosed it will be late for treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How is plague treated?

How is plague treated?

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, 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. ...Read more

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Does anyone still get the plague?

Does anyone still get the plague?

Sure. : It exists in parts of africa and asia and in the southwestern and western parts of the usa. ...Read more

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Could you get plague from another person?

Yes.: Plague is transmitted by flea bite, scratch or bite from infected cat, direct handling of tissue or respiratory secretion from infected animals, inhalation of aerosolized droplet from infected human, or by laboratory exposure. If your friend has plague it is best not to visit them as infection can be caused by as few as ten organisms. Plague is considered a very serious bioterror threat. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate of plague?

What is the mortality rate of plague?

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. ...Read more

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What is the pneumonic plague?

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 from infected animals or humans, or by laboratory exposure. Secondary pneumonic plague is more common and arises via hematogenous spread of bacteria from a bubo or other source. ...Read more

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Does the plague effect children, the elderly and adults differently?

In treatment only: The main source of infection for Yersinia pestis, the cause of bubonic plague, is by contact with rodents and their fleas. Therefore, children may be more likely to handle rodents or other animals in certain circumstances. Otherwise, the elderly may have a poorer prognosis as in most other illnesses. Tetracyclin, a common treatment, is not suitable for children under 8 years. ...Read more

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How are black plague, black death, and bubonic plague different?

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 gangrene of the extremities, and "bubonic" because the infected lymph nodes would swell greatly. ...Read more

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Was the plague airborne or did a person have to be bitten by a rat or flea or have direct contact with an infected person?

Plague: Plague, or infection with the bacteria yersina pestis, has 3 manifestations: bubonic (most common), septicemic, and pneumonic. Bubonic plague is believed to be the cause of the 14th century black death in europe. It's transmitted by infected fleas which bite, and causes buboes or swellings. More rarely, droppings can be inhaled -- or direct contact with infected tissues can cause septicemia. ...Read more

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What is pneumonic plague?

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 rodents such as rats and mouse, and seek out other prey when rodent dies.It is transmitted to human host by bite, it rapidly spreads to the lymph nodes and multiply. ...Read more

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Plague (Definition)

Plague is a rare infectious disease caused by a bacteria that is transmitted via flea bite. Symptoms of bubonic plague include fever, chills, headache, muscle pains, and the appearance of a ...Read more