Featured Plague Articles
Descriptions of Featured Plague Articles
If left untreated, bubonic plague has a mortality rate of 50 to 90 percent. This portion of the eMedTV archives discusses the causes, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of this disease and offers statistics on its prevalence throughout history.
Plague is a general term for three diseases caused by bacteria called Yersinia pestis. The information in this eMedTV segment covers the history, types, transmission, treatment, and prevention of the disease, and offers links to more information.
Yersinia pestis are bacteria often found in rats and other animals, and can cause plague. This eMedTV Web page discusses this organism in detail, including transmission methods, and offers statistics about how often human infections typically occur.
The Bubonic Plague
Yersinia pestis bacteria are responsible for the bubonic plague, which is transmitted by infected fleas. This eMedTV article offers a detailed look at the disease, including its history, diagnosis, treatment, and prevalence today.
Pneumonic plague is one of the three types of plague caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria. This portion of the eMedTV archives discusses this disease in detail, including the incubation period, symptoms, and treatment methods.
Bubonic Plague Symptoms
Bubonic plague symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory failure, severe headache, and others. This eMedTV Web page discusses these and other possible symptoms and also explains what happens if the disease is left untreated.
Bubonic Plague Causes
Bubonic plague is usually contracted through the bite of infected animals, such as fleas, rodents, and lice. This eMedTV article lists more animals that can carry the bacteria and also explains the symptoms that bubonic plague causes.
Cure for Bubonic Plague
If a person becomes infected, the best cure for bubonic plague is early treatment. This eMedTV resource offers statistics on the cure rate provided by such treatment and also explains the three techniques used to prevent plague in high-risk areas.
Effects of the Bubonic Plague
Symptoms of the bubonic plague can range from diarrhea to enlarged lymph nodes to coma. This eMedTV segment describes these and other possible effects of the bubonic plague and also explains the incubation period for this disease.
Bubonic plague is a disease that affects humans and some animals. The information presented in this page of the eMedTV library discusses statistics and the causes, prevention, symptoms, treatment, and incubation period for this infectious disease.
Bubonic Plague Remedies
Bubonic plague remedies often involve antibiotics, such as streptomycin, gentamycin, and tetracyclines. As this eMedTV page explains, however, the best remedy is to keep plague from occurring in the first place through preventative measures.
Is the Plague a Health Problem Today?
Is the plague a health problem today? Plague still exists in many countries, including the United States. This eMedTV resource offers statistics on the number of plague cases, explains what often causes it, and lists areas where plague has occurred.
Treatments for Bubonic Plague
Common treatments for bubonic plague include antibiotics (such as gentamycin) and supportive care. This eMedTV Web page discusses the importance of treating bubonic plague -- both for patients and those with whom they've had close contact.
Symptoms of Plague
There are different signs and symptoms of plague, based on the type. As this eMedTV Web page states, they can range from enlarged lymph nodes to coughing up blood to delirium. This page also lists plague symptoms for each type and offers statistics.
This eMedTV Web page describes how septicemic plague can result from the bite of an infected animal or as a complication of untreated pneumonic or bubonic plague. This page also explains treatments, symptoms, and transmission methods.
Bubonic Plague Treatment
Bubonic plague treatment usually includes antibiotics, such as gentamycin or streptomycin. This page of the eMedTV archives discusses the plague mortality rate with and without treatment, as well as treatment for close contacts of infected patients.