Picture of plague culture.

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.

  • Plague Facts
    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

  • Facts 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

  • Information on Plague
    CDC information about the disease, including geographic distribution, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Infection Control
    Droplet Precautions plus eye protection, in addition to Standard Precautions, should be implemented for patients with pneumonic plague.


Updated Tuesday, 16-Nov-2010 15:21:50 CST