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Is plague curable?

Is plague curable?

Usually: There are three primary forms of plague, caused by Yersinia pestis which is transmitted via fleas: bubonic plague, septicemic plague and pneumonic plague. Bubonic plague accounts for about 80-90 percent of cases, with septicemic accounting for 10-20 percent. Pneumonic plague is rare. Overall, estimated mortality for untreated plague is 60-100 percent; less than 15 percent if treated. ...Read more

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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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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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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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What were the causes of the black plague?

The same as now: Septicemic illness due to Yersinia pestis, the plague bacillus. ...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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What is the mortality rate of plague?

What is the mortality rate of plague?

15% with treatment: The death rate from plague is about 50% without treatment. In the United States, with treatment, the death rate drops to about 15%. Most cases are bubonic plague. For pneumonic plague, the death rate is 100% without treatment. Pneumonic plague is a bad infection and is considered fatal if treatment is not started within 24 hours. ...Read more

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How are buboes treated in the black plague?

How are buboes treated in the black plague?

Plague: Bubonic Plaque is treated with isolation in hospital & antibiotics (ie, Gentamycin, Streptomycin, tetracyclines or Chloramphenicol). ...Read more

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Why did the black plague only affect Europe?

Why did the black plague only affect Europe?

Not true: There are accounts of plaque in various parts of the world in ancient times. It seems like Europe was affected so strongly because we are Western and so are they. Plague is principally a function of cities and human close proximity along with poor hygiene which describes Europe at the time of the plague. It may have been as bad elsewhere but not written about so profusely. ...Read more

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What is done to prevent the spread of black plague?

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What is done to prevent the spread of black plague?

Good sanitation: In general, plague is prevented by eliminating rodents and fleas, especially in the areas where plague is known to be endemic (like the western United States). Antibiotic prophylaxis (prevention) can be considered for people who are exposed to potentially-infected rodents or fleas. ...Read more

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What is the seriousness of the pneumatic plague in ukraine?

Dz uncertain: There is really a great deal of controversy about the cause of deaths in the ukraine in 2009. One hypothesis is that it was aerosolized plague and another was that it was a mutated and highly virulent hini virus. Regardless of the cause it was very serious. ...Read more

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Could it be harder for plague to spread in colder climates?

Yes: It may be harder to acquire plague in colder climates due to the lack of rodents and fleas, which are responsible for the plague cycle. ...Read more

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What stops another huge plague like the bubonic from happening?

What stops another huge plague like the bubonic from happening?

Dangerous viruses: Good hygiene and medications will treat the bubonic plague. Unfortunately there are some very dangerous viruses out there that may spread to humans from both birds and a study done today found a new virus in seals that may have potential to jump to humans. These viruses mutate very fast and frankly there probably isn't anything that we could do other than isolation to prevent spread. ...Read more

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Does the plague effect children, the elderly and adults differently?

In treatment only: The main source of infection for Yersinia pestis, the cause of bubonic plague, is by contact with rodents and their fleas. Therefore, children may be more likely to handle rodents or other animals in certain circumstances. Otherwise, the elderly may have a poorer prognosis as in most other illnesses. Tetracyclin, a common treatment, is not suitable for children under 8 years. ...Read more

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How can you prevent the spread of the black death or plague the next time it hits?

Unlikely: There's won't be another plague epidemic unless there's a bioterrorist attack. The big difference between the modern era and the middle ages is that we now have antibiotics that treat yersinia pestis, the cause of plague. ...Read more

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How long before lbola mutates into something more deadly which could be as bad as the plague ?

How long before lbola mutates into something more deadly which could be as bad as the plague
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Not likely: It is very unlikely that Ebola will mutate to be worse. Experts are watching closely, but this does not seem likely to happen. ...Read more

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Folks are 60. Should they really be avoiding stress like the plague as traditional E Asian culture would dictate? Is W medicine & science that extreme

Folks are 60. Should they really be avoiding stress like the plague as traditional E Asian culture would dictate? Is W medicine & science that extreme

Depends: What do you mean by stress? 60 year-old should lead active lives, and exercise regularly. It they are able to work, they should continue working or volunteer at an activity of their choice. ...Read more