General information on Plague
Plague is called caused by bacteria Yersinia pestis. The disease passes when fleas move from one animal to the next. Cats contract plague when they are they are bitten by a flea that is infected with it or when they come into mouth contact with a rodent that is also infected. Humans can potentially become infected by cats. Cats like other animals are highly susceptible to this disease and in half of the documented cases of a cat having plague the disease was temperate or unapparent. Plague may present itself as a pneumonic plague in the lungs or a septicemic disease in the blood stream. Should this occur cats may also spread the disease to others by infected air droplets coming out in their coughs.
Symptoms of Plague
When a cat is severely ill with plague, the symptoms may appear soon thereafter the initial exposure. There may be large swellings called bubos in the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes most affected may be the ones under the jaw. The swollen lymph nodes form an abscess that will drain infective material. Some of the symptoms may be dehydration, high fever, ulcers in the mouth, coughing, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, depression, and lethargy.
Treatments for Plague
It is imperative that severe hygienic and isolation precautions are required. You should take your cat to your veterinarian for hospitalization. Antibiotics may need to be administered for weeks and are usually given before the diagnosis is even confirmed due to the fact that the disease moves rapidly.
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