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When bubonic plague is suspected, the person is often hospitalized and placed in isolation and treatment is started even before lab tests come back. Treatment for bubonic plague usually involves antibiotics and supportive care. Supportive care means treating symptoms and complications that occur as a result of the disease. It's also important for people who have been in close contact with an infected person to be identified and evaluated for possible treatment.
 
Specific antibiotics used as bubonic plague remedies include:
 
  • Streptomycin
  • Gentamycin.
     
Other antibiotics, including tetracyclines and chloramphenicol, can also be effective. For someone with severe bubonic plague symptoms, these antibiotics are given through an intravenous (IV) line. Mild cases can be treated with antibiotics taken by mouth.
 
The best cure for bubonic plague is preventing it in the first place. However, if a person does develop bubonic plague, early treatment offers a cure in 85 percent of cases. Left untreated, the body is able to cure bubonic plague in 10 to 50 percent of cases.
 
(Click Treatments for Bubonic Plague for more information on remedies for bubonic plague, such as antibiotics, supportive care, and the evaluation of people who have been in close contact with the patient.)
 
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