The most common form of plague is bubonic plague. It’s usually contracted when an infected rodent or flea bites you. In very rare cases, you can get the bacteria from material that has come into contact with an infected person. Bubonic plague infects your lymphatic system (the immune system), causing inflammation. Untreated, it can move into the blood and cause septicemic plague, or to the lungs, causing pneumonic plague. The symptoms are:
• fever and chills
• muscle pain
• general weakness
HOW IS PLAGUE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by a general physician who would do a routine check and also conduct blood tests and lung X-rays to see these warning signs.
HOW IS PLAGUE TREATED?
Plague is treated using antibiotics of high dosage like antibiotics, gentamicin and doxycycline. Alongside, many countries that are prone to the outspread of plague have preventive vaccines available to. Other symptoms like fever and body ache are treated using NSAIDS and paracetamols.
DID YOU KNOW?
The plague is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent care. It is almost eradicated in India now.