OK it’s rare, but how deadly is it if you catch it?
The plague was lethal in Europe during the Middle Ages, “but now it’s different. We have a lot fewer cases in humans,” Chase said.
And we have antibiotics to treat the illness if you do happen to catch it.
The deadliness of the disease depends on which strain you have.
The most common is the bubonic plague. Chase said this strain is treatable with antibiotics.
Septicemic plague is when the bacteria enters the bloodstream. This is a rare but serious form of the plague and is usually fatal without treatment.
And then there’s pneumonic plague, which is when the bacteria gets in your lungs.
“That is almost always fatal if it’s not treated right away,” Chase said.
All good information, but remember it is a course of intravenous antibiotics that is needed. If you have symptoms and suspect you may have been infected to the the Emergency Room, and not your GP or urgent care.
Read More: Plague