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Plague  Lesson 2
 Clinical Presentation

Infection Control

  • In advanced stages, the sputum of pneumonic plague patients contains large numbers of plague bacilli, and the coughing patient can spread infection via respiratory droplets to persons in close direct contact. Therefore, respiratory droplet precautions should be taken with any suspect case.
  • If you have reason to suspect you have a plague case, even in endemic areas, your health department should be contacted immediately so that control measures can begin.
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