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Dr. Thomas Doyle
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Plague (Overview)

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 large, painful lymph node.


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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
127 doctors shared insights

Plague (Overview)

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 large, painful lymph node.


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How does pneumonic plague start?

How does pneumonic plague start?

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

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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 causes plague to form on the tooth/gum?

Living..: Living causes plaque (not plague) to form on teeth and in you mouth. It comes from food, air water, saliva and just about anything. It forms immediately after you've brush your teeth. It is a way of life, but the main thing you don't want the stuff to be on your teeth for a long period of time. Basically...Brush and floss regularly and even if you have a little plaque..No big deal. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat pneumonic plague?

What are different ways to treat pneumonic plague?

Antibiotics and luck: Pneumonic plague is thought to be uniformly fatal. Antibiotics can stop the progression to death, but must be given within 24 hours of first symptoms. The "streptomycin class" , tetracyclines, and others can be effective. Antibiotic treatment can protect people who have had direct, close contact with infected patients. Wearing a well fit mask is critical to prevent spread. ...Read more

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How effective is the treatment for the plague?

How effective is the treatment for the plague?

Plague: The plague - bubonic plague - is caused by a particular bacteria. When it wiped out populations it was because fleas spread it and there were no antibiotics at the time. Now there are classes of antibiotics that kill the yersinia bacteria that causes it. ...Read more

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I have the plague, what is my chances of survival without treatment?

I have the plague, what is my chances of survival without treatment?

50% if Bu, 0% if Pne: 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). The chances of survival without treatment is about 50% for bubonic, and zero for pneumonic. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of plague?

Antibiotics: Bubonic and/or pneumonic plague, which is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which lives in the fleas of rodents. The flees bite people and transmit the disease. This is the "black death" of the middle ages. The treatment for the disease is various antibiotics including streptomycin, ciprofloxicin, Doxycycline and others. It often occurs in outbreaks and can be fatal if not treated. ...Read more