Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 months ago

Could I get the bubonic plague?

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Yes. Although, it seems to be a much weaker version of the disease than existed several hundred years ago. This is unknown/debated.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    You could there are a few cases each year in the US. There are three types of plague,  bubonic plague, septicemic plague, and pneumonic plague..Bubonic plague is mainly spread by infected fleas from small animals. It may also result from exposure to the body fluids from a dead plague-infected animal. In the bubonic form of plague, the bacteria enter through the skin through a flea bite and travel via the lymphatic vessels to a lymph node, causing it to swell

    Prevention is through public health measures such as not handling dead animals in areas where plague is common. Vaccines have not been found to be very useful for plague prevention but several antibiotics are effective for treatment, Without treatment, plague results in the death of 30% to 90% of those infected. Death, if it occurs, is typically within ten days. With treatment the risk of death is around 10%

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    If you live in rural areas with a large rodent population around yes it's possible. Every year there are several cases reported in the U.S. because of that. The disease can live in rodents for long periods and not kill it. So as long as there are squirrels, prairie dogs, even the freaking hamsters you buy at the pet store there is a danger. 

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    You could get AIDS

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  • Silver
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    Only if you touch a sketchy rodent, flea, or tick. But it's very rare in North America. Not that common in general.

  • JonZ
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    It is very rare but there are a few cases every year. The biggest carrier are fleas feeding off dead rodents.

  • ML
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    If you do your best to get it.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Yes. It comes from fleas that have fed on rats that are infected with the bacteria that causes it. Scientists aren’t sure why some rats naturally produce the bacteria and others don’t. 

  • .
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    I think it only exists in laboratories now.

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