Pregnant Women's Guide to Diseases in the News

Bubonic Plague

Latest news: According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, about 10 to 20 cases of plague (mostly of the bubonic variety) are reported each year in the U.S. Most of those cases occur in rural areas of the southwest, although recent cases have been reported in New York City (where the infected parties had traveled from New Mexico) and Los Angeles, where it is thought that a woman may have contracted the disease after visiting a large city park.

Potential dangers: Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease in rodents. It's transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas. Fortunately the bubonic plague doesn't spread from person to person, and it's also very rare. Symptoms of bubonic plague are swollen and painful lymph nodes, fever, chills, and extreme exhaustion. While 50 to 90 percent of people infected with the disease will die without proper medical attention, it can be successfully treated with antibiotics.

How it affects you: Pregnant women are at no greater danger of contracting the disease. Of course, avoid contact with live and dead rodents.

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