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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

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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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?

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 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. ...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.
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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the bubonic plague vaccine made of? How effective is it?

Great question: July 14 2012- "the black plague or "black death" has a new vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the antibiotic Levaquin (levofloxacin), (levofloxacin) against the bacterium Yersinia pestis.
The anti-infective drugs advisory committee of the FDA recommended accelerated approval of the Levaquin (levofloxacin) vaccine, which has the possible side-effect of spontaneous tendon ruptures."
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an oral antibiotic.... ...Read more

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What does the bubonic plague vaccine have and how effective is it?

What does the bubonic plague vaccine have and how effective is it?

Bubonic plague vacci: Plague caused by bacteria Yersinia pestis, , the vaccine is prepared from Y pestisorganism grown in artficial media, inactivated with formaldehyde and preserved in 0.5%phenol. The vaccine contains trace amounts of beef-heart extract, yeast extract, agar andpeptones and peptides of soya and casein. After 3 injections of vaccines 7%do not produce antibodies, few develop low titer, so booster doses may be. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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


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