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Deadly Pneumonic Plague in China

Slightly worrisome. Pneumonic plague is MUCH worse than Bubonic Plague.

Pneumonic plague symptoms appear suddenly, typically 2 - 3 days after exposure. They include:

Difficulty breathing

Frothy, bloody sputum

Severe cough

If treatment is not received within 24 hours of when the first symptoms occur, death may be unavoidable.

Antibiotics such as doxycycline, or ciprofloxacin are used to treat plague. Oxygen, iv fluids, and respiratory support usually are also needed.


Asked by AprilDJC at 1:26 PM on Aug. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:34 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • Patients with pneumonic plague are strictly isolated from other patients. People who have had contact with anyone infected by pneumonic plague are watched carefully and are given antibiotics as a preventive measure.

    Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top

    Without treatment, about 50 - 90% of those with bubonic plague die. Almost all people with pneumonic plague die if not treated. Treatment reduces the death rate to 50%.


    Answer by AprilDJC at 1:28 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • I posted this a few days ago. The problem with this people is that it is a very rural, poor section of China which could wipe out the village. The WHOLE village has been quarentined and strict rules are in place....

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:33 PM on Aug. 5, 2009