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Plague  Lesson 1
 General Overview

Plague Worldwide

  • Plague exists in rodent populations on every inhabited continent except Australia.
  • Approximately 1,500 to 3,000 cases of human plague are reported annually worldwide.
  • Worldwide, most cases of plague occur in Africa with limited outbreaks in Asia and South America.
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World Distribution of Plague

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Global Distribution of Plague, 1970-2003 map

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