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Bluebonnet Plague Disease
Histology info. On the bubonic plague. What types of tissues are effected by the disease process. How does their structure change? How samples taken.
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
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
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
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
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
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
In the Middle Ages: Epidemics crossed europe and asia.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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