Plague – Congo The Democratic Republic Of The
15 cases and 11 deaths of the Bubonic Plague have been reported in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The source of infection is not clear. Victims’ symptoms include headache, fever, cough, and vomiting blood.
15 cases, 11 deaths, and 4 other suspects are currently being treated.
The government strongly urges individuals to wear masks, social distance, avoid burial sites, and not eating rat meat at this time.
Photo: Yersinia pestis, Direct Fluorescent Antibody Stain
Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. Symptoms include fever, weakness and headache. Usually this begins one to seven days after exposure. In the bubonic form there is also swelling of lymph nodes, while in the septicemic form tissues may turn black and die, and in the pneumonic form shortness of breath, cough and chest pain may occur.
Bubonic and septicemic plague are generally spread by flea bites or handling an infected animal. The pneumonic form is generally spread between people through the air via infectious droplets.
Plague has historically occurred in large outbreaks, with the best known being the Black Death in the 14th century which resulted in greater than 50 million dead.
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