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Who gets the plague?

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For most people, the chances of the plague are low. But you’re more likely to get if you visit or live in an area with the plague and you:

  • Touch a living or dead animal that might have been infected, like a rat, mouse, squirrel, rabbit, or chipmunk
  • Work with animals regularly
  • Spend a lot of time outdoors working, hiking, camping, or hunting
  • Spend time with someone who has the plague

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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