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Plague  Lesson 1
 General Overview

Septicemic Plague

  • The primary form results from direct inoculation and multiplication of plague bacilli in the bloodstream.
  • The secondary form is a development of untreated pneumonic or bubonic plague.

Other Forms of Plague

  • Other forms, such as plague pharyngitis, ocular plague, and plague meningitis, are less common, though can be seen depending on the manner of exposure to the plague bacterium.
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