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Bubonic plague is an infectious disease that is most commonly spread through the bites of infected fleas or rodents. Within six days of becoming infected, symptoms begin to appear.
Common symptoms of bubonic plague include:
  • Fever
  • Buboes (tender, enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits, neck, or groin, ranging in size from 1 to 10 cm)
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain (Stomach pain).
Treatment usually involves antibiotics and supportive care. If left untreated, plague bacteria can multiply in the bloodstream, causing septicemic plague or pneumonic plague. The mortality rate is 50 to 90 percent if not treated; when the disease is diagnosed and treated early, the mortality rate is 15 percent.
(For more detailed information on the symptoms, causes, and treatment of this infectious disease, click Bubonic Plague.)
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