Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Plague Outlook

What to expect with bubonic plague:

  • The death rate from bubonic plague is about 50% without treatment.
  • With early treatment, the mortality rate is about 5%.
  • Nearly 100% of people with pneumonic plague will die without early and appropriate antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Mar 5, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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