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Is there a cure for the plague?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Plague is treatable with antibiotics.

In brief: Yes

Plague is treatable with antibiotics.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, antibiotics

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.

In brief: Yes, antibiotics

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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Charles Glassman
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Charles Glassman
Dr. Charles Glassman
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Yes

Several common antibiotics are effective against the plague microbe.
The key is making the diagnosis. Today cases are sporadic and caught from wild animals. Nobody actually knows how many people are cured because of shotgun antibiotic therapy of people who are sick and have fevers and big lymph nodes.

In brief: Yes

Several common antibiotics are effective against the plague microbe.
The key is making the diagnosis. Today cases are sporadic and caught from wild animals. Nobody actually knows how many people are cured because of shotgun antibiotic therapy of people who are sick and have fevers and big lymph nodes.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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