Causes of Plague


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Cause of Plague: Yersinia pestis bacteria

Cause of Plague: People usually get plague from being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an infected animal.1

Plague is caused by Yersinia pestis bacillus. 2

Related information for causes of Plague: Further relevant information on causes of Plague may be found in the risk factors for Plague and underlying causes of Plague.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from CDC Plague Home Page: DVBID
2. excerpt from Facts About Plague: CDC-OC

Last revision: June 10, 2003

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