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Plague Disease Pictures
A hungry flea filled with plague bacteria. Courtesy of U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency. Click to view larger image. A bubo. A tender, swollen lymph node in the groin area of a plague victim. The bubo forms generally in the region of the body where the infected flea has bitten the victim. Courtesy of Jack Poland, PhD, CDC, Fort Collins, Colo. Click to view larger image. Rock squirrel coughing the blood-streaked sputum of pneumonic plague. Courtesy of Ken Gage, PhD, CDC, Fort Collins, Colo. Click to view larger image. The "black death." A victim recovering from bubonic plague. At one time this person's entire body was black. Reprinted from McGovern TW, Friedlander AM. Plague. In: Sidell FR, Takafuji ET, Franz DR, eds. Medical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Warfare. Chapter 23 in: Zajtchuk R, Bellamy RF, eds. Textbook of Military, Medicine. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Army, Office of the Surgeon General, and Borden Institute; 1997: 493.Click to view larger image. The same plague victim as previous photo. The toes have gangrene and will probably need to be amputated. Click to view larger image. Bioterrorist Agents. Signs and symptoms to watch for. Chart courtesy of North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE), copyright University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Click to view larger image.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
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United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Plague." June 13, 2012.
United States. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Plague Vaccine Efficacy: Development of New Assays to Better Assess Vaccine Efficacy." June 18, 2009.<http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/ScienceResearch/BiologicsResearchAreas/ucm127288.htm>.
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