Plague (Yersinia pestis)
Plague is a disease caused by Yersinia pestis (Y. pestis), a bacterium found in rodents and their fleas in many areas around the world.
MDH fact sheet on plague, translated into 11 languages. Find out how you can get plague, how it is treated, and how it has been used as a terror weapon.
- Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQ) About Plague
CDC fact sheet on plague. Attention: Non-MDH link
about Pneumonic Plague
CDC fact sheet about pneumonic plague as a bioterror weapon. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Reporting Plague
Physicians in Minnesota must report plague immediately, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Plague Information
CDC fact sheet for health professionals about plague. Attention: Non-MDH link
CDC information about the disease, including geographic distribution, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Attention: Non-MDH link
Droplet Precautions plus eye protection, in addition to Standard Precautions, should be implemented for patients with pneumonic plague.