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Early treatments for the disease offer a cure for bubonic plague in 85 percent of cases. Because the plague vaccine is no longer commercially available in the United States, the best plan is to prevent infections in the first place. To that end, the cure for bubonic plague is threefold: environmental management, public health education, and preventive drug therapy.

Cure for Bubonic Plague: An Overview

The best cure for bubonic plague is preventing it in the first place. If a person does develop the disease, early plague treatment offers the best chance for recovery. The plague vaccine as a cure for bubonic plague is no longer commercially available in the United States.

Prevention as a Cure for Bubonic Plague

Plague will probably continue to exist in its many localized geographic areas around the world, and plague outbreaks in wild rodent hosts will likely continue to occur. Attempts to eliminate wild rodent plague are costly and futile; therefore, plague prevention is directed toward reducing the threat of infection in humans in high-risk areas through three techniques:
  • Environmental management
  • Public health education
  • Preventive drug therapy.
(Click Plague Prevention for more information on techniques that can offer a preventative cure for bubonic plague.)

Early Treatment as a Cure for Bubonic Plague

Bubonic plague is a rapidly progressive illness that can result in death within one week of symptoms occurring; therefore, it is important that bubonic plague be diagnosed and treated early. Early treatments offer a cure for bubonic plague in 85 percent of cases. Untreated, the body is able to effectively fight off the plague bacteria (Yersinia pestis) and cure bubonic plague in 10 to 50 percent of cases.
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