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What should you do if you think you might have plague symptoms?

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If you’ve been in an area with the plague and have symptoms, see a doctor right away. Hours can make a difference. Your doctor can run tests of blood, spit, or fluid from your lymph nodes to check for plague germs.

If you’ve been around someone who has the plague, your doctor may start treatment even if you don’t have symptoms. If you must be near the person, wear tight-fitting disposable surgical masks so you won’t breathe in the plague bacteria.

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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