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What did doctors think was causing the plague way back when they called it hardening of the arteries?

What did doctors think was causing the plague way back when they called it hardening of the arteries?

CAD: CAD is a process where cholesterol deposits in arterial walls and over time calcified. This calcification process was referred to as "hardening of the arteries ". ...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 did doctors learn how to treat the bubonic and pneumonic plague?

How did doctors learn how to treat the bubonic and pneumonic plague?

Treatment: Once medicine learned what the caused these plagues the search was on for a treatment. It was not until the advent of antibiotics that treatments became reliable and it was not until the second world war that medicine learned how to make antibiotic in large enough quantities to bring the price down to an affordable level. ...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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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?

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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How did pneumonic plague kill?

Pneumonic plague: Plague causes a very severe form of pneumonia and deprives the body of oxygen. It can spread very easily from person to person. ...Read more

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What is the incubation period for plague?

What is the incubation period for plague?

Typically short.: A few hours with pulmonary exposure. A few days with the typical bite exposure (bubonic plague). ...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'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

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How did the bubonic and pneumonic plague start?

How did the bubonic and pneumonic plague start?

Yersinia/pasteurella: Pestis is the bacterium, spread by rat flea; infesting and enlarging lympnodes (bubos). High fever, acral necrosis, seizures. The pneumonic form skips the rat and flea and is passed airborne human to human to cause a lung abcess. ...Read more

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Panic attacks plague my friend. What can she do?

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Panic attacks plague my friend. What can she do?

Panic: Schedule appt. With counselor for therapy and referral to psychiatrist for medication evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the scientific name of the bubonic plague?

The organism causing: The disease is called Yersinia pestis and the disease is really called plague. Either bubonic plague (swollen and infected lymph node), septicemic plague (in the blood stream) or pneumonic plague (in the lung) or combination. The pneumonic form can spread from person to person. ...Read more