Bioterrorism Containment - Symptomatic Patients
- Once an outbreak of plague has been confirmed in the community,
patients with febrile respiratory illnesses, or other plague
compatible syndromes, will be directed to seek evaluation and
- They will be referred to designated clinics or hospitals where
physicians and health professionals familiar with plague and
similar illnesses will evaluate, diagnose, and triage patients.
- Infection control procedures of isolation and respiratory
droplet precautions should be implemented immediately, if the
patient is coughing.
- Anyone in the affected area with fever (of 38.5°C or higher)
or cough should immediately be treated with antimicrobials for
presumptive pneumonic plague. Delaying therapy until tests confirm
plague will greatly decrease the person's chance of survival.