Plague - Minnesota Dept. of Health
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Plague (Yersinia pestis)

Plague is a disease caused by Yersinia pestis (Y. pestis), a bacterium found in rodents and their fleas in many areas around the world.

  • Plague Facts
    MDH fact sheet on plague, translated into 11 languages. Find out how you can get plague, how it is treated, and how it has been used as a terror weapon.

  • CDC: Plague
    CDC information about the disease, including geographic distribution, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

  • Reporting Plague
    Physicians in Minnesota must report plague immediately, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Infection Control
    Droplet Precautions plus eye protection, in addition to Standard Precautions, should be implemented for patients with pneumonic plague. Patients without pneumonic plague require Standard Precautions.

Updated Wednesday, 06-Feb-2019 12:11:30 CST