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What diseases of today might be compared to the bubonic plague?

What diseases of today might be compared to the bubonic plague?

Several: In a limited way, the SARS outbreak was psychologically similar to the black plague of long ago. AIDS fits the mold best, however. Both imparted the terror that such an outbreak needs to compare with plague. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Doyle
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Plague (Definition)

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


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Histology info. On the bubonic plague. What types of tissues are effected by the disease process. How does their structure change? How samples taken.

Histology info. On the bubonic plague. What types of tissues are effected by the disease process. How does their structure change? How samples taken.

Allergy: Bubonic plague causes bacteremia, septicemia, and dic. All tissues can be involved, and bleeding can be seen in those tissues. When it gets this far, it has about 90% mortality so most tissues are obtained at autopsy. Blood can be taken or as above and can be cultured. ...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, (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. ...Read more

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How do people get plague?

How do people get plague?

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. ...Read more

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How is plague transmitted?

How is plague transmitted?

Flea bites: In areas of poor hygiene/sanitation; where rats congregate, as it is the flea from the rat that transmits the yersinia pestis to humans.

Low income areas; those damaged by natural or man-made disasters. ...Read more

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Where is plague most common?

Outside of US: Africa, asia, south america. It is rare in europe and the us/canada. ...Read more

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Can I still catch the plague?

Yes; unlikely in US: 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). ...Read more

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What are the tests for plague?

What are the tests for plague?

Plague: The bacteria is easily cultured but in plague endemic areas bubonic disease with its extremely painful bubo (lymph node) is classic. ...Read more

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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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Who is at risk for getting plague?

Anyone in area: Of poor hygiene/sanitation; where rats congregate, as it is the flea from the rat that transmits the yersinia pestis to humans.

Low income areas; those damaged by natural or man-made disasters. ...Read more

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Can we have a cure now for the plague?

We have a cure: "The plague" refers to the bubonic plague, caused by The bacteria, Yersinia pestis. Early diagnosis is key to effective therapy. This bacteria can be killed using an antibiotic. First line agent is streptomycin and gentamicin (both belong in the aminoglycoside group) with alternatives including doxycycline, ciprofloxacin and chloramphenicol (not used commonly in the US). ...Read more

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What kind of plague is still out there?

Plague: Up to 3, 000 cases of plague caused by yersinia pestis are are reported annually to the world health organization (who).
Most are from asia, south america & africa. ...Read more

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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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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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How many cases of plague occur in the u.S.?

How many cases of plague occur in the u.S.?

Very few!: The plague or typhoid fever is very rare in the us. According to the cdc approximately 5, 700 cases/yr and the majority are acquired while traveling to foreign countries (about 3/4 of them). In the developing world, about 21.5 million people are affected each year. Although serious, typhoid these days can be treated with common antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Plague?

Plague: Plague is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Yersinia pestis. Plague still exists and historically has killed millions of people. See: http://www. Who. Int/csr/disease/plague/en/ ...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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I live in a city, am I more likely to get the plague?

Whoa: This seems to be one of several fictitious questions. This really isn't the place to bring homework assignments -- you're best doing your own work. Plague in the us is almost always contracted from wild animals, famously woodchucks in the western half of the nation. ...Read more

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How many cases a year of the plague occur in the world?

How many cases a year of the plague occur in the world?

Worldwide Plague: There are regions of the world that have had over 10, 000 cases of plague over the last 10 years and other regions of the world where the data simply isn't available.

So plague is still out there and there are likely many thousands of cases taking place annually throughout the globe. ...Read more

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I live I a rural community, am I more likely to get the plague?

Possible: Remember that plague is carried by squirrels, rats, and occasional other wild critters, even rabbits which some folks hunt and eat. Key thing is to be aware of the fleas these creatures harbor, but otherwise not really a huge risk. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout the black plague what were some things people did to keep sanitation?

Black Plague: Plague has been recorded since 541 AD when there was no understanding about bacterial infections and how to prevent them. The major sanitation I am aware of was when bodies were removed and buried in the ground. ...Read more

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Is plague curable?

Usually: There are three primary forms of plague, caused by Yersinia pestis which is transmitted via fleas: bubonic plague, septicemic plague and pneumonic plague. Bubonic plague accounts for about 80-90 percent of cases, with septicemic accounting for 10-20 percent. Pneumonic plague is rare. Overall, estimated mortality for untreated plague is 60-100 percent; less than 15 percent if treated. ...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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What is the seriousness of the pneumatic plague in ukraine?

Dz uncertain: There is really a great deal of controversy about the cause of deaths in the ukraine in 2009. One hypothesis is that it was aerosolized plague and another was that it was a mutated and highly virulent hini virus. Regardless of the cause it was very serious. ...Read more

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Are there reports of a deadly outbreak of pnemonic plague in the usa?

Internet junk: I've seen the conspiracy sites. It's not happening in the us, but there have been outbreaks in peru and madagascar, in remote rural areas where people are exposed to the bacterium which has its reservoir in wild animals. ...Read more