Plague

PLAGUE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS, PLEASE SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION NOW
• High fever
• headache
• weakness
• rapidly developing pneumonia
• shortness of breath
• chest pain
• cough that may bring up blood

There are several different forms of PLAGUE that affect people, they are:

Pneumonic PLAGUE occurs when Y. pestis infects the lungs.

Bubonic PLAGUE occurs when infected fleas bite a person or when materials contaminated with Y. pestis enter through a break in the skin.

Septicemic PLAGUE occurs when PLAGUE bacteria multiply in the blood and occur alone or as a complication of pneumonic or bubonic PLAGUE.

The most common to humans is bubonic, which can sometimes worsen to include a secondary case of pneumonic PLAGUE.

Pneumonic PLAGUE is considered by some experts to be the most serious because it is most easily spread from one person to another through droplets in the air. Pneumonic PLAGUE can worsen quickly into a life-threatening condition, so it is important to report to an emergency room or treatment center IMMEDIATELY if you are sick.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN EXPOSED, SEEK PREVENTIVE MEDICATION. GO NOW TO A PUBLIC HEALTH DISPENSING SITE.

TAKE ALL MEDICATIONS EXACTLY AS PRESCRIBED. FOLLOW MEDICAL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

Bring the following information to the Public Health Dispensing site:

• List of any prescription or over-the-counter medications, supplements or vitamins now being taken
• List of any medical conditions
• List of allergies
• Identification

Health professionals stress that those seeking care are not required to have an ID or records to receive medication. If this information is available, it will help caregivers provide the most effective medication possible and help guard against allergic and adverse reactions to medication prescribed or administered.

Information on the Plague – Downloadable video file from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

• PLAGUE is very contagious. Avoid people and animals who appear sick.

• PLAGUE CAN be spread through breathing, coughing and sneezing. People having direct and close contact with someone with pneumonic PLAGUE should wear tightly fitting disposable surgical masks.

• Wash hands frequently to help prevent the spread of PLAGUE.

• Wash clothes and bed linens frequently in hot, soapy water and 10 percent bleach solution (1 part household bleach to 9 parts water).

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SMALLPOX, CONTACT:

• Texas Department of State Health Services
Web site: www.dshs.state.tx.us

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Response Hotline
888-246-2675 (English)
888-246-2857 (Español)
888-874-2646 (TTY)

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Web site: www.cdc.gov

• Local Contact
Curt Joiner
Jasper Newton County Public Health District
139 West Lamar
Jasper, Texas 75951
409-384-6829 ext 248