Infectivity of pneumonic plague

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6974.261 (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:261
  1. Frederick J Wright
  1. Retired consultant in tropical medicine, Edinburgh EH4 6EL

    EDITOR,—Peter Cowling and Peter Moss support the view that pneumonic plague is highly infectious.1 It is certainly lethal unless treated vigorously at an early stage by antibiotics. This, however, does not prove that it is highly infectious as, say, measles or influenza is. Of the patients in an overcrowded ward during a large outbreak of plague in Kenya in the 1940s, only one certainly and one …

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