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What is the scientific name of the bubonic plague?

What is the scientific name of the bubonic plague?

The organism causing: The disease is called Yersinia pestis and the disease is really called plague. Either bubonic plague (swollen and infected lymph node), septicemic plague (in the blood stream) or pneumonic plague (in the lung) or combination. The pneumonic form can spread from person to person.

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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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How can you get bubonic plague?

How can you get bubonic plague?

Flea bite: The flea takes bacteria from the blood of a wild animal (in the usa, it's often a woodchuck) and transmits it to you. Only a few people get infected each year in the usa.

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Do you think I should be afraid of the bubonic plague?

Do you think I should be afraid of the bubonic plague?

Yes and no: It will come through again and cause widespread mortality if and only if there is a massive collapse in society (i.e., a nuclear war) and people are once again foolish enough to stop keeping cats. You won't meet pneumonic or septicemic disease in today's world and if you meet the bubonic form from a woodchuck's fleas, you'll be sick in time for shotgun antibiotics to cure you.

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What is the definition or description of: Bubonic plague?

Bubonic plague: Bubonic plague (black death) is a bacterial infection caused when fleas spread Yersinia pestis. Symptoms include: enlarged lymph nodes, fever, chills, headache, fatigue, & muscle aches.

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Could ebola seem like it could have been the bubonic plague?

Could ebola seem like it could have been the bubonic plague?

Ebola - Plague: The Plague was spread by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. Ebola is spread by a virus. Although there are differences in symptoms - they both can be quite lethal. Thank goodness that Ebola doesn't have airborne spread as the Plague did.

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What are some rare, life threatening illnesses, such as bubonic plague?

What are some rare, life threatening illnesses, such as bubonic plague?

Ebola: The ebola virus is vary rare, but causes a rapid death by bleeding and suffocation in your own secretions. Pretty awesome.

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How to get bubonic plague?

How to get bubonic plague?

Bubonic Plague: Is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected rat flea, (Xenopsylla cheopis). Rarely transmitted by contact with infected tissue or person to person via cough..

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Why did the bubonic plague travel?

Plagues: The bubonic plague spread rapidly due to the hardy nature of fleas and rodents. These are the main hosts and transmittors of bubonic plague...Humans were just along for the ride unfortunately.

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Does the bubonic plague still exist?

Yes: Plague is still present in the southwestern United States, as well as many other parts of the world. It is easily treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed early.

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Describe the features of bubonic plague.?

Thankfully, not sure: Best description I ever read was http://tinyurl. Com/4gvjk nobody I know has ever seen a "the plague" and historians argue whether we really know what caused the 14th century epidemic. We are taught it was caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. There is no proof, but good circumstantial evidence. Some argue modern Yersinia disease is different, but it probably evolved/mutated over 700+ years.

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Can you please tell me the typical symptoms of bubonic plague?

Plague: Fever, chills and extremely painful lymph node swelling usually in the groin or axilla.

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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.

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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.

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How much time did it take to die once you got the bubonic plague?

It depends..: Some people survived. Most people developed symptoms within two-three days of exposure. Depending on the type of plague (bubonic, septicemic or pneumonic)., they could be gone in 24 hours. Fortunately, it is uncommon in the U.S. and is treatable.

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If I were to meet someone with the bubonic plague, could I catch it?

Bubonic plague: Is extremely uncommon today in 2012 there were a few cases reported in col and oregon, and in 2013 a squirrel tested + in a forest near la, u have a much greater chance of catching 100, 000 other things before that.

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What is the treatment for bubonic plague?

What is the treatment for bubonic plague?

Antibiotics: Amoxicillin, cefotaxime, ceftriaxone, gentamicin, doxycycline, and Ofloxacin were active in vitro, like the reference drug streptomycin, against the strain Yersinia pestis, the causative agent for the bubonic plague.

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What is the difference between the pneumonic plague and bubonic plague?

Lots: The hallmark of bubonic disease is the bubo, an extremely painful infected lymph node draining the area where the infected flea fed on the person. Pneumonic plague, the only transmissible form of the infection, can occur from spread of the bubonic stage through the bloodstream or be acquired airborne from someone else with pneumonic plague.

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Bubonic Plague (Definition)

Bubonic plague (black death) is a bacterial infection caused when fleas spread Yersinia pestis. Symptoms include: enlarged lymph nodes, fever, chills, headache, ...Read more