pneumonic plague


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pneumonic plague

[nu̇′män·ik ′plāg]
(medicine)
A virulent type of plague in humans, with lung involvement.
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Outbreaks of primary pneumonic plague and bubonic plague together with an associated epizootic among rats were documented.
Pathology of experimental pneumonic plague produced by fraction 1-positive and fraction 1-negative Yersinia pestis in African green monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops).
Pneumonic plague, also known as pulmonary plague, attacks respiratory systems and is considered the most "virulent form of plague" by WHO.
Dubai: The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention has warned residents against travelling to the Republic of Madagascar after the reported outbreak of pneumonic plague in the African country.
Pneumonic plague may develop as the lungs become infected and it is especially dangerous because it may easily be spread by coughing.
It is the first case of pneumonic plague seen in the state since 2004, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
According to scientists working at Public Health England in Porton Down, the plague was a pneumonic plague instead of the bubonic plague with infection spreading from human to human, rather than by rat fleas.
If left untreated, bubonic plague can kill from septic shock within about three to six days of the onset of symptoms, or sometimes turn into the rarer pneumonic plague, which can be spread from person to person through infected droplets, in a similar way to the spread of colds and other respiratory illnesses.
According to experts, the bubonic plague form, transmitted from person to person by direct contact and usually localized in bubo, is not as dangerous as pneumonic plague, which is spread by airborne transmission.
In a bioterror attack, bacteria or viruses causing diseases such as anthrax, pneumonic plague, smallpox, or tularemia could be released in an aerosol form.
Aimed at young people interested in working in public health, this volume tells seven public health stories about the eradication of smallpox, the use of an oral rehydration salts solution in treating cholera, decreasing the stigma of mental health problems, the fight against the influence of tobacco companies, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and outbreaks like flu pandemics, Ebola, pneumonic plague, and SARS.
A doctor discovers a murdered illegal immigrant was ill with pneumonic plague, and must turn detective and trace the killer quickly to halt the contagion.