Septicemic plague is usually associated with hunting and skinning
of animals. It can also occur secondary to bubonic and pneumonic
plague. It has the following characteristics:
- Incubation Period- Occurs when
plague bacteria multiply in the blood. Most commonly, septicemic
plague presents as a complication of pneumonic or bubonic plague,
but primary septicemic plague can occur.
- Symptoms- Acute onset of fever,
chills, prostration, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
- Progression of Disease- As the
disease progresses, purpura may develop, as well as possible
disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Eventually, hypotension
and other signs of shock appear. Septicemic plague is often
fatal even when treated.