Plague

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General Principles

  • Plague is caused by the gram-negative bacillus Yersinia pestis.
  • Naturally acquired plague occurs rarely in the Southwestern US after exposure to infected animals (e.g., through scratches, bites, direct handling, inhalation of aerosolized respiratory secretions) and via rodent flea bites.

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General Principles

  • Plague is caused by the gram-negative bacillus Yersinia pestis.
  • Naturally acquired plague occurs rarely in the Southwestern US after exposure to infected animals (e.g., through scratches, bites, direct handling, inhalation of aerosolized respiratory secretions) and via rodent flea bites.

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