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Definition

Plague is a severe and potentially deadly bacterial infection.

Symptoms

Bubonic plague symptoms appear suddenly, usually after 2 - 5 days of exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms include:

  • Chills
  • General ill feeling (malaise)
  • High fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Severe headache
  • Seizures
  • Smooth, painful lymph gland swelling called a bubo
    • Commonly found in the groin, but may occur in the armpits or neck, most often at the site of the initial infection (bite or scratch)
    • Pain may occur in the area before the swelling appears

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

Septicemic plague may cause death even before its symptoms occur. Symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bleeding due to blood clotting problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Organ failure
  • Vomiting
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