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What should I do if I live in an area where there has been a case of the plague?

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If you live in an area where there’s been a case of the plague:

  • Fill holes and gaps in your home to stop mice, rats, and squirrels from getting in.
  • Clean up your yard. Get rid of piles of leaves, wood, and rocks where animals might make their homes.
  • Use bug repellent with DEET to prevent flea bites when you hike or camp.
  • Wear gloves if you have to touch wild animals, alive or dead.
  • Use flea control sprays or other treatments on your pets.
  • Don’t let outdoor pets like cats or dogs sleep in your bed.

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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