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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

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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 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?

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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Where is plague most common?

Where is plague most common?

Outside of US: Africa, asia, south america. It is rare in europe and the us/canada. ...Read more

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Can I still catch the plague?

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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What kind of plague is still out there?

Plague: Up to 3, 000 cases of plague caused by yersinia pestis are are reported annually to the world health organization (who).
Most are from asia, south america & africa. ...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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Could you get plague from another person?

Yes.: Plague is transmitted by flea bite, scratch or bite from infected cat, direct handling of tissue or respiratory secretion from infected animals, inhalation of aerosolized droplet from infected human, or by laboratory exposure. If your friend has plague it is best not to visit them as infection can be caused by as few as ten organisms. Plague is considered a very serious bioterror threat. ...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 definition or description of: Plague?

Plague: Plague is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Yersinia pestis. Plague still exists and historically has killed millions of people. See: http://www. Who. Int/csr/disease/plague/en/ ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the black plague nowadays?

Same as now: Most cases of plague are bubonic (swollen lymph glands). Some are associated with blood stream spread with blood vessel damage. (black plague) and some spread to the lungs which can facilitate person to person spread. ...Read more

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I live in a city, am I more likely to get the plague?

Whoa: This seems to be one of several fictitious questions. This really isn't the place to bring homework assignments -- you're best doing your own work. Plague in the us is almost always contracted from wild animals, famously woodchucks in the western half of the nation. ...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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I live I a rural community, am I more likely to get the plague?

Possible: Remember that plague is carried by squirrels, rats, and occasional other wild critters, even rabbits which some folks hunt and eat. Key thing is to be aware of the fleas these creatures harbor, but otherwise not really a huge risk. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout the black plague what were some things people did to keep sanitation?

Black Plague: Plague has been recorded since 541 AD when there was no understanding about bacterial infections and how to prevent them. The major sanitation I am aware of was when bodies were removed and buried in the ground. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Are there reports of a deadly outbreak of pnemonic plague in the usa?

Internet junk: I've seen the conspiracy sites. It's not happening in the us, but there have been outbreaks in peru and madagascar, in remote rural areas where people are exposed to the bacterium which has its reservoir in wild animals. ...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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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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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?

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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My apartment is infested with rats. What is the likelihood that they are carriers of the plague?

Plague is rare: However, the the presence of vector and intermediate host is fertile ground for outbreak of communicable illness like plague. Likelihood is very low but no one can say impossible ...Read more

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I am informed even after the ferocious first wave of plague, it haunted europe once in every decade. But did they ever find a cure?

I am informed even after the ferocious first wave of plague, it haunted europe once in every decade. But did they ever find a cure?

Yes indeed: Plague is caused by a bacteria called Yersinia pestis. It is susceptible to several antibiotics. With prompt treatment, these days plague is easily treated and rarely dangerous. ...Read more

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What is pneumonic plague?

Bubonic plague: Bubonic plague is caused by bacteria Yersinia pestis also known as Pasteurela pestis, it results from bite of a infected flea which are often found on rodents such as rats and mouse, and seek out other prey when rodent dies. It is transmitted to human host by bite, it rapidly spreads to the lymph nodes and multiply. ...Read more