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Please help? Is the bubonic plague caused by a virus, moneran or protist?

Please help? Is the bubonic plague caused by a virus, moneran or protist?

Old terms: Plague is caused by a bacterium. "monera" is an old term that covers both the common bacteria and the archaea, the latter a less-familiar evolutionary side-branch. Protists are eukaryotes (unlike bacteria, they have nuclei like ours) that don't have specialized cells. So the answer to this homework question is "monera" for what it's worth. Try to understand the concepts rather than old words. ...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


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Is the yersinia pestis bacteria (bubonic plague) transmitted by touching ?

Is the yersinia pestis bacteria (bubonic plague) transmitted by touching ?

No: Yersinia pestis is transmitted by the xenopsylla cheopis (rat flea)- the bubonic form. Also, it may be transmitted by inhalation - pneumonic form. Best to avoid individuals with the disease or areas of high infestations. Pt's with the pneumonic form will require respiratory isolation. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more