Pneumonous plague is among the most lethal forms of plague yet known
It is caused by a strain of bacteria called Yersinia pestis, which spreads easily in the air. Depending on circumstances, these different forms can occur individually or in conjunction:
Pneumonic plague often spreads through contact with an infected person or animal with pneumonic plague: people and animals who inhale or come into contact with an infected person are more susceptible to this form of the disease. It can also be transmitted by coughing, sneezing, or coughing up blood: this can be deadly due to the speed at which the virus spreads through the body and thereby spreads the bacteria further.
It is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, which spreads through the respiratory tract and bloodstream. The infection causes the airways to become inflamed and the lungs begin to swell. Spreading through the body, bacteria begin to destroy the lining of the lungs and tissues. When bacteria reach the lungs, they multiply and cause plague symptoms, including fever, chills, headaches, and loss of appetite: if left untreated, this can lead to pneumonia and death. However, with early enough treatment, this infection can survive several weeks: many survive for months.
Although it is an airborne disease, it can still affect people walking outside or even inside a building: buildings which have not been properly disinfected or are prone to contamination are more likely to be affected. A pneumonous plague outbreak can also spread from person to person through direct contact: for instance, if a person has contact with someone infected with the disease through coughing or sneezing, he or she could also become infected. This makes it important to wear masks during outbreaks: some areas of the country, such as rural areas, have very poor health systems, so it is important to practice personal hygiene: this includes regular hand washing and frequent coughing: the more regular you keep this up, the better your chances are of being able to stay healthy.
It is estimated that one in every fifty people is infected with plague at some point in their life. Though many people are immune to this type of infection, especially in older age groups, anyone who has had close contact with the bacteria can contract the infection. and become a carrier: the most common carriers of this disease include pregnant women, children, the elderly, and HIV/AIDS patients: even adults can contract this disease through contact with an infected animal.
When an outbreak of this form of plague takes place, it is imperative to be vigilant to prevent spreading of the disease. If you suspect an outbreak, do not go out in public to prevent spread of the infection: make sure you take a warm shower (as hot as possible), wear masks if possible, and use good personal hygiene: these precautions should protect you from exposure to the bacteria: don't touch or cough in the same room as the infected: avoid sharing clothing with an infected person; don't let the infected person touch you; and contact a healthcare provider if you do experience any of the plague symptoms.
The best way to prevent plague is to prevent contact with the bacteria and make sure that you are up to date with your medical appointments and vaccinations: after all, a weakened immune system can make you more susceptible to the disease: always use good personal hygiene and practice good personal hygiene: if you think you have contracted the infection, be sure to seek treatment immediately. Pregnant women, HIV/AIDS patients and those with weak immune systems are more at risk of developing the illness. The virus itself is very hard to kill, so once it is contracted, the bacteria is much harder to kill than the virus itself: this makes a plague victim very contagious: in some cases, it is impossible to get rid of a plague victim once he or she has contracted the disease.
If you believe that you may have contracted plague, make sure you seek treatment as soon as possible: the longer the illness remains untreated, the higher your chances of dying: it is important to stay healthy for your family and yourself. If you do contract plague, make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible to help minimize the amount of time you spend at the hospital or the level of discomfort you experience: your doctor will be able to determine the right course of treatment for you. if you do have the infection: there are antibiotics for bacterial plague available and can help fight the infection; however, there are no medications available for this type of plague for viral plague. Make sure you get treatment as soon as possible; if you think you have contracted the plague: the sooner you get treatment, the easier it will be for you to recover and to prevent spreading of the disease.