Plague

What is plague? Plague is an infectious disease found in some small mammals and their fleas. People can contract plague if they are in bitten by infected fleas, and develop the bubonic form of plague. Sometimes bubonic plague progresses to pneumonic plague, when the bacteria reaches the lungs. Person-to-person transmission is possible through the inhalation of infected respiratory droplets of a person who has pneumonic plague. Common antibiotics are efficient to cure plague, if they are delivered very early, because the course of the disease is usually rapid.
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Rattus tanezumi is a common commensal rat and an important host animal of bubonic plague in South China and Southeast Asia. The northward dispersal of this species in mainland China has been reported in recent de...
Source: BMC Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
It dates back to the 6th century, but bubonic plague is still active in the U.S. Three new cases have been reported in the last six months in cats, but no humans, in Wyoming.
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No human cases have been identified, but health officials warn the disease can be passed to people from infected animals
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Research into a rare outbreak of bubonic plague in 20th Century Britain found that it was actually people that led to the disease spreading - not rats (stock).
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(University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center) A gene mutation that is believed to have safeguarded some people in 14th century Europe from the bubonic plague today may be protecting HIV patients co-infected with hepatitis C from potentially fatal liver scarring, says a University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine physician-scientist.
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Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2018. This introductory level online course aims to equip frontline responders with introductory level knowledge to manage outbreaks of plague. By the end of this course, participants should be able to describe the transmission cycle of the disease, explain the difference between bubonic plague and pneumonic plague, and describe the public health concerns of plague. (Video or Multimedia)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
AbstractNarrative medicine explores the stories that patients tell; this paper, conversely, looks at some of the stories that patients are told. The paper starts by examining the ‘story’ told by the Shambaa people of Tanzania to explain the bubonic plague and contrasts this with the stories told by Ghanaian communities to explain lymphatic filariasis. By harnessing insights from memory studies, these stories’ memorability is claimed to be due to their use mnemonic devi ces woven into stories. The paper suggests that stories can be unpatronising, informative, and appropriate vehicles for communicating medi...
Source: Journal of Medical Humanities - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: research
yer S Abstract Plague is a rodent-borne disease caused by Yersinia pestis. Most human infections are bubonic plague, as a result of being bitten by infected rodent fleas. Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo and Peru are the three most affected countries. Plague was introduced into eastern Madagascar in 1898 by boat from India. It is estimated that the risk of introduction of plague from Madagascar to neighboring islands is very high due to the maritime links. We conducted a study of plague reservoirs and vectors in Longoni Port in Mayotte and Mahajanga Port in Madagascar during two seasons to highlight a non-...
Source: Acta Tropica - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Acta Trop Source Type: research
Abstract Here, we report a dual-route vaccination approach for plague, able to induce a rapid response involving systemic and mucosal immunity, whilst also providing ease of use in those resource-poor settings most vulnerable to disease outbreaks. This novel vaccine (VypVaxDuo) comprises the recombinant F1 and V proteins in free association. VypVaxDuo has been designed for administration via a sub-cutaneous priming dose followed by a single oral booster dose and has been demonstrated to induce early onset immunity 14 days after the primary immunisation; full protective efficacy against live organism challenge wa...
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
This week, the case of a young boy contracting plague has been in the news. Here, we cover the details and offer advice for those who are concerned.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news
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