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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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.

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