Risk Factors for Plague


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About risk factors: Risk factors for Plague are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Plague makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Plague. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Plague. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Plague in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: Wild rodents in certain areas around the world are 1

Persons at-risk for plague are those exposed to rodent fleas, wild rodents, or other susceptible animals in areas of the western United States. Most cases occur in southwestern states: Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. Other groups at-risk include hunters, veterinarians and pet owners handling infected cats, campers, or hikers entering areas were plague is know to exist. 2

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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