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How can I prevent the plague?

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There’s no vaccine for the plague in the U.S. So if you have a chance of contact with plague germs, take steps to protect yourself.

If you travel to Africa, Asia, or South America, check for traveler notices about plague outbreaks on the CDC website. Avoid areas with the plague if you can, and stay away from sick or dead animals while you’re there.

From: What Is the Plague? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Plague.”

UpToDate: “Epidemiology, microbiology and pathogenesis of plague (Yersinia pestis infection),” “Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of plague (Yersinia pestis infection).”

CDC: “Plague: History,” “Plague: Frequently Asked Questions,” “Plague: Resources for Clinicians, Diagnosis,” “Travelers’ Health: Plague in Madagascar,” “Plague: Prevention.”

Mayo Clinic: “Plague.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Plague.”

UpToDate: “Epidemiology, microbiology and pathogenesis of plague (Yersinia pestis infection),” “Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of plague (Yersinia pestis infection).”

CDC: “Plague: History,” “Plague: Frequently Asked Questions,” “Plague: Resources for Clinicians, Diagnosis,” “Travelers’ Health: Plague in Madagascar,” “Plague: Prevention.”

Mayo Clinic: “Plague.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 28, 2018

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