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What is the bubonic plague vaccine made of? How effective is it?

What is the bubonic plague vaccine made of? How effective is it?

Great question: July 14 2012- "the black plague or "black death" has a new vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the antibiotic Levaquin (levofloxacin), (levofloxacin) against the bacterium Yersinia pestis. The anti-infective drugs advisory committee of the FDA recommended accelerated approval of the Levaquin (levofloxacin) vaccine, which has the possible side-effect of spontaneous tendon ruptures." Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an oral antibiotic.... ...Read more

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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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What does the bubonic plague vaccine have and how effective is it?

What does the bubonic plague vaccine have and how effective is it?

Bubonic plague vacci: Plague caused by bacteria Yersinia pestis, , the vaccine is prepared from Y pestisorganism grown in artficial media, inactivated with formaldehyde and preserved in 0.5%phenol.The vaccine contains trace amounts of beef-heart extract, yeast extract, agar andpeptones and peptides of soya and casein.After 3 injections of vaccines 7%do not produce antibodies, few develop low titer, so booster doses may be. ...Read more

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Why did the black plague only affect Europe?

Not true: There are accounts of plaque in various parts of the world in ancient times. It seems like Europe was affected so strongly because we are Western and so are they. Plague is principally a function of cities and human close proximity along with poor hygiene which describes Europe at the time of the plague. It may have been as bad elsewhere but not written about so profusely. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the black plague nowadays?

Same as now: Most cases of plague are bubonic (swollen lymph glands). Some are associated with blood stream spread with blood vessel damage. (black plague) and some spread to the lungs which can facilitate person to person spread. ...Read more

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What is done to prevent the spread of black plague?

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What is done to prevent the spread of black plague?

Good sanitation: In general, plague is prevented by eliminating rodents and fleas, especially in the areas where plague is known to be endemic (like the western United States). Antibiotic prophylaxis (prevention) can be considered for people who are exposed to potentially-infected rodents or fleas. ...Read more

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Was the black plague the same as the bubonic plague or were they different virus?

Same bacteria: The black plague i(or the black death) s thought to have been due to infection with the bacteria yersinia pestis. It causes 3 different infections, all of which were probably involved in what was known as the black plague. Bubonic plague is one of these 3, the others are pneumonic plague and septicemic plague. Nice article on it here: http://bit.Ly/1d9di1d. ...Read more

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What were the causes of the black plague?

What were the causes of the black plague?

The same as now: Septicemic illness due to Yersinia pestis, the plague bacillus. ...Read more

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How are buboes treated in the black plague?

Plague: Bubonic Plaque is treated with isolation in hospital & antibiotics (ie, Gentamycin, Streptomycin, tetracyclines or Chloramphenicol). ...Read more

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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...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