Feel-good guide to deadly disease: Pneumonic plague

Medico Nisaba Says: the mortality rate from pneumonic plague approaches 100%


Pneumonic plague is the most virulent and least common form of plague, caused by the bacterium yersinia pestis. Typically, pneumonic form is due to a secondary spread from advanced infection of an initial bubonic form.

Primary pneumonic plague results from inhalation of aerosolized infective droplets and can be transmitted from human to human without involvement of fleas or animals. Untreated pneumonic plague has a very high case-fatality ratio.

If someone inhales droplets of moisture containing plague bacteria, the result can be primary pneumonic plague. This can happen when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Cats can contract pneumonic plague, and they can transmit the disease to humans when they cough or sneeze.

As with septicemic plague, pneumonic plague can be a complication of bubonic plague -- in this case, it is known as secondary pneumonic plague. Pneumonic plague causes the typical symptoms of pneumonia, including high fever and a cough that produces bloody sputum.

3 Comments:

Dr. Fong said...

Another good reason to cover your mouth when you cough!

Stan the Chosen One said...

It would be nice to know if we snapped you out of that "ending the world" nonsense. C'thulu mind spells are tricky stuff to dispel and I don't think I can do that to a goat again.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon said...

There is a need to take enough precaution from the deadly diseases.Of course the cough in the open is dangerous and sometimes we are less unaware of what disease we are breathing.