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General Principles

  • Plague is caused by the gram-negative bacillus Yersinia pestis.
  • Naturally acquired plague occurs rarely in the southwestern United States 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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