Plague is a severe disease caused by the bacteria, Yersinia pestis. It has several forms - bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, and septicemic plague. It can be successfully treated with antibiotics if the disease is recognized in time. This is the disease that caused the "black death" throughout history. It is transmitted by fleas from infected rats and other rodents. It can also spread person to person via body fluids and aerosol droplets.

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Awesome Stories: Black Death
Article by Carole D. Bos on this disease and its devastating effects during the Middle Ages.
Bubonic Plague and the Black Death
Provides information on the effects, history, symptoms, treatment and origins of the Bubonic Plague commonly referred to as The Black Death.
CDC Plague
Includes symptoms, history, treatment, epidemiology, prevention and control, and scientific literature.
CIDRAP Plague Home Page
Medical overview aimed at clinicians in identifying and treating plague, along with updated news and links related to the disease.
Decameron Web: The Plague
Features contemporary perspectives, origins, causes and social effects.
eMedicine - Bubonic Plague
A physician's report on bubonic plague infection, transmission patterns, and associated symptoms. Includes pictures of bubonic plague patients as well as a review of septicemic plague and pneumonic plague.
eMedicine - Plague
Article by Venkat R Minnaganti, MD.
eMedicine - Plague
Article by Robert D Schremmer, MD.
eMedicine Health - Plague
Features cause, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, and treatment.
Mayo Clinic - Plague
Includes cause, symptoms and signs, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Plague
Factsheet with causes, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, diagnosis, complications, and prevention.
MedlinePlus: Plague
Directory of news stories, factsheets, and articles.
World Health Organization information on plague, focusing on recent outbreaks and epidemics.
Plague in England
A list of epidemics of the disease between 1348 and 1665. Includes references.
Plague: Yersinia pestis
Scientific and medical information about the organism and disease.
Russell Kightley Media
Computer graphic showing the structure of Yersinia pestis with an explanation and references.
TED Cast Study Bubonic Plague
The role of trade in transmitting the Black Death.
Multidrug Resistance in Yersinia Pestis Mediated by a Transferable Plasmid
Article discusses antibiotic and multidrug resistance in Yersinia Pestis, the causative agent of Plague. Published by The New England Journal of Medicine. (July 04, 1997)

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