Fact sheet – Plague Plague is two diseases caused by bacteria



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FACT SHEET – Plague
Plague is two diseases caused by bacteria

    • Bubonic (boo-bon-ick)

    • Pneumonic (new-mon-ick)

The two kinds of plague act differently

Bubonic plague

  • It is not spread from person to person.

  • It spreads by bites from fleas that have bitten animals with plague.

  • Sickness begins 1–8 days after being bitten by an infected flea. Symptoms include

fever, chills, weakness, and sore lumps under the skin (“buboes”).

Pneumonic plague

PNEUMONIC PLAGUE IS VERY RARE

Plague can be treated

  • Antibiotics are used to treat both kinds of plagues.

  • People with pneumonic plague may need more special care.

  • There is no vaccine to prevent plague.

  • People can lower the chances of getting plague by


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