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Plague (Yersinia pestis)

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Plague (Yersinia pestis)

Infectious agent: Yersinia pestis


Description of illness:  Plague is a disease that affects humans and other mammals, caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Humans usually contract plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague. Antibiotics are effective in treating plague; however without prompt treatment, the disease can cause serious illness or death.