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Plague  Lesson 6
 Public Health Issues

Bioterrorism Containment - Contact Management

  • With any plague case, natural or bioterrorist, public health authorities will need to conduct investigations to identify close contacts that need prophylaxis and to look for any cases so that they may begin treatment as quickly as possible.
  • Contacts – Anyone who has been within 6 to 7 feet, or 2 meters, of a coughing patient in the previous 7 days.
  • If contacts are found to have fever or cough, they will be referred for evaluation.
  • Those contacts that do not have fever or cough will be placed on antibiotics for 7 days and monitored for the development of symptoms. 
  • Those which have contraindications to the antibiotics can be placed on a fever watch.



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