Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Yersinia Pestis Risk Factors

Risk factors for bubonic plague include:

  • Camping, hiking, hunting, or fishing
  • Contact with an infected person
  • Contact with sick animals or rodents
  • Flea bite
  • Occupational exposure: researcher, veterinarian
  • Presence of a food source for rodents in the immediate vicinity of the home
  • Residing in areas where plague occurs, such as the Southwestern United States

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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