Plague- Overview, Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

Overview

Overview Plague is a severe bacterial infection mainly spread by fleas. The plague-causing organism, Yersinia pestis, lives in the most commonly found small rodents in rural and semirural areas of Africa, Asia and the United States. The organism is spread to humans bitten by fleas that have been feeding on infected rodents or by humans that have been handling infected animals. Identified during medieval times as the Black Death, today plague occurs worldwide in minimum 5,000 people. It can be deadly if antibiotics aren’t treated promptly. The most common type…

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