Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, July 28th, 1997
Plague cases take one of three forms: bubonic, septicemic, or pneumonic (see accompanying article).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in 1996, five human plague cases were reported in the United States ("Fatal Human Plague -- Arizona and Colorado, 1996." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report synopsis, July 11, 1997). Two of the five cases were fatal. The two patients who died, an 18-year-old male in Arizona and a 16-year-old female in Colorado, had septicemic plague that was not...
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