after earthquakes, and natural disasters where there is increased
contact with wild rodents.
a plague is heralded by large amounts of dead rats.
A flea transmits the bacteria from rats
start between hours to as long as 17 days after the initial
flea bite, and include headache, high fever, muscle aches,
and nausea. Lymph nodes become inflamed and become buboes,
which may enlarge and develop abscesses.
infection may spread to blood (causing septicemia) or lungs
(pneumonic plague), which is then contagious by coughing.
patient may also have increased bleeding.
is with a blood test and treatment includes tetracycline or
The plague vaccine is not given for travelers (more so for
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