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Pneumonic Plague

What is pneumonic plague?
Where is pneumonic plague found?
What are the symptoms of pneumonic plague?
How is pneumonic plague spread?
If I’ve been exposed to pneumonic plague, how long will it take for symptoms to develop?
What treatments are available for pneumonic plague? How serious is the disease?
Where can I get more information on pneumonic plague?

What is pneumonic plague?
Plague is an infectious disease that affects animals and humans. It is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. This bacterium is found in rodents and their fleas.

Where is pneumonic plague found?
Pneumonic plague occurs all over the world, including the United States.

What are the symptoms of pneumonic plague?

How is pneumonic plague spread?
Pneumonic plague can be spread from person-to-person or animal-to-person through close contact through the air. It could also be released in the air as part of a bioterrorist attack.

If I’ve been exposed to pneumonic plague, how long will it take for symptoms to develop?
The initial symptoms of pneumonic plague can occur between one and three days after exposure.

What treatments are available for pneumonic plague? How serious is the disease?
Early treatment of pneumonic plague is essential. To reduce the chance of death, antibiotics must be given within 24 hours of first symptoms. The disease is very serious and if it is not treated early, the mortality rate is close to 100 percent.

Where can I get more information on pneumonic plague?
For more information online, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or call the Health Department at 859.363.2070.

Sources: Northern Kentucky Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention