Infectivity of pneumonic plague

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6965.1369a (Published 19 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1369
  1. P Cowling,
  2. P Moss
  1. Department of Microbiology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF
  2. Department of Infectious Diseases

    EDITOR, - In a press release issued by the Department of Health the chief medical officer, Dr Kenneth Calman, stated that the risk of person to person transmission of pneumonic plague was considered to be low1; this opinion has been reiterated during numerous interviews in the media. Dr Calman is also quoted by Claudia Court as saying that it is rare for plague to be transmitted person to …

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