posted on Nov, 6 2009 @ 03:21 AM
The plague has been in the US for many years and we have about 20 to 30 cases a year.
Do to the fact that hygiene is a lot better in the US and we have better medical facilities its seldom a problem.
Pneumonic plague is a very aggressive infection requiring early treatment. To reduce the risk of death, antibiotics must be given within 24 hours of
first symptoms. Streptomycin, gentamicin, tetracyclines, and chloramphenicol are all effective against pneumonic plague.
Antibiotic treatment for seven days will protect people who have had direct, close contact with infected patients. Wearing a close-fitting surgical
mask also protects against infection.
Without treatment, the mortality rate from pneumonic plague approaches 100%.
Most forms of the plague require a animal or insect vector to infect humans.
but the pneumonic form is transferred by the air person to person and requires no vector.