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.
about Pneumonic Plague (PDF)
CDC fact sheet about pneumonic plague as a bioterror weapon.
- Reporting Plague
Physicians in Minnesota must report plague immediately, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CDC information about the disease, including geographic distribution, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Droplet Precautions plus eye protection, in addition to Standard Precautions, should be implemented for patients with pneumonic plague.