Were you looking for information about Bubonic Plague? Bubonic plauge is a common misspelling of bubonic plague.
Bubonic plague is an infectious illness that can affect humans and some animals -- in particular, rodents and parasites such as fleas or lice. The bacteria that cause the disease are typically transmitted in one of three ways: inhaling infected droplets, direct contact with infected tissue or bodily fluids, or bites from infected animals. The disease occurs more frequently during the spring and summer months, especially in males and people under the age of 20. In the United States, there has not been a case transmitted from person to person since 1924.
When bubonic plague is suspected, the person should be hospitalized and placed in isolation. Even before lab tests come back, treatment will be started, typically involving antibiotics and supportive care. It also important that people who have been in close contact with a patient be identified and evaluated for possible treatment. The mortality rate for this type of plague is 50 to 90 percent if not treated; the mortality rate is 15 percent when the disease is diagnosed and treated early.
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