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Plague  Lesson 6
 Public Health Issues

Bioterrorism Containment - Contact Management

Antibiotic prophylaxis should be considered for the following groups:

  • Persons exposed to aerosol or other potentially infective Y. pestis release.
  • Household members of cases with respiratory plague.
  • Healthcare workers at facilities that screen or care for suspected plague patients, and who have direct patient contact.
  • Emergency workers or others who respond to calls for assistance.
  • Persons who transport sick persons to healthcare facilities.
  • Coworkers, friends, and other associates who have had close contact with symptomatic respiratory plague cases.
  • Household pets (mammals only) of persons symptomatic with pneumonic plague.
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