R. W. BURMEISTER, M.D.; W. D. TIGERTT, M.D., F.A.C.P.; E. L. OVERHOLT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Pneumonic plague is one of the most important pestilential diseases and until recently had the highest fatality rate of any epidemic disease.
The more common bubonic plague is acquired by transfer of Pasteurella pestis from the rat or wild rodent reservoir by ectoparasite vectors, usually the flea. Occasionally, a severe bubonic case develops secondary pneumonic manifestations. It is the consensus that this is the origin of a pneumonic plague outbreak with subsequent cases resulting from the inhalation of fomites (1). When contrasted to the reputed high incidence of pneumonic plague in contacts under natural conditions, the low incidence of disease
BURMEISTER RW, TIGERTT WD, OVERHOLT EL. Laboratory-acquired Pneumonic Plague: Report of a Case and Review of Previous Cases. Ann Intern Med. ;56:789–800. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-56-5-789
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;56(5_Part_1):789-800.
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