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Plague  Lesson 5
 Medical Management


  • Aerosol exposures are considered likely to result in cases of severe plague pneumonia and consequent septicemia.
  • The medical management of pneumonic plague requires
    • prompt antimicrobial administration,
    • isolation using respiratory droplet precautions,
    • intensive respiratory support,
    • as well as management of septicemia, endotoxemia, and consequences of the acute inflammatory response syndrome.

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