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Doctor insights on: Forms Of Plague

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How is plague treated?

How is plague treated?

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

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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


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How do people get plague?

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

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How is plague transmitted?

How is plague transmitted?

Flea bites: In areas of poor hygiene/sanitation; where rats congregate, as it is the flea from the rat that transmits the yersinia pestis to humans. Low income areas; those damaged by natural or man-made disasters. ...Read more

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Can I still catch the plague?

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

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What are the tests for plague?

What are the tests for plague?

Plague: The bacteria is easily cultured but in plague endemic areas bubonic disease with its extremely painful bubo (lymph node) is classic. ...Read more

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Does anyone still get the plague?

Sure. : It exists in parts of africa and asia and in the southwestern and western parts of the usa. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for getting plague?

Anyone in area: Of poor hygiene/sanitation; where rats congregate, as it is the flea from the rat that transmits the yersinia pestis to humans. Low income areas; those damaged by natural or man-made disasters. ...Read more

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Can we have a cure now for the plague?

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

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