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Mike Moore
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Does the bubonic plague still exist?

Mike Moore
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Thomas Doyle
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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How to get bubonic plague?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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Describe the features of bubonic plague.?

Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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How are black plague, black death, and bubonic plague different?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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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Dr. Alan Patterson
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If I were to meet someone with the bubonic plague, could I catch it?

Dr. Alan Patterson
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Can you please tell me the typical symptoms of bubonic plague?

Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Plague: Fever, chills and extremely painful lymph node swelling usually in the groin or axilla. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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How much time did it take to die once you got the bubonic plague?

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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Do you think I should be afraid of the bubonic plague?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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How can you get bubonic plague?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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What diseases of today might be compared to the bubonic plague?

Dr. Larry Lutwick
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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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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Bubonic Plague (Definition)

Bubonic plague is a life-threatening and rare condition of fever and swollen lymph nodes that is spread by ...Read more


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