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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 many cases a year of the plague occur in the world?

How many cases a year of the plague occur in the world?

Worldwide Plague: There are regions of the world that have had over 10, 000 cases of plague over the last 10 years and other regions of the world where the data simply isn't available. So plague is still out there and there are likely many thousands of cases taking place annually throughout the globe. ...Read more

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How many cases of plague occur in the u.S.?

How many cases of plague occur in the u.S.?

Very few!: The plague or typhoid fever is very rare in the us. According to the cdc approximately 5, 700 cases/yr and the majority are acquired while traveling to foreign countries (about 3/4 of them). In the developing world, about 21.5 million people are affected each year. Although serious, typhoid these days can be treated with common antibiotics. ...Read more

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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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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