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  • Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Case 30/Picture 32 (31.10.2015.) Could you identify the condition?

Plague 31.10.2015. BBC _86276078_c0070999-septicaemic_plague-spl

Answer

This is a picture of gangrene of the fingers due to septicaemic plague.

“Plague is an infectious disease that is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. Depending on lung infection, or sanitary conditions, plague can be spread in the air, by direct contact, or very rarely by contaminated undercooked food. The symptoms of plague depend on the concentrated areas of infection in each person: bubonic plague in lymph nodes, septicemic plague in blood vessels, pneumonic plague in lungs. It is treatable if detected early. Plague is still relatively common in some remote parts of the world. Until June 2007, plague was one of the three epidemic diseases specifically reportable to the World Health Organization (cholera and yellow feverthe other two).[1] The bacteria is named after the French-Swiss bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin.” Reference

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