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Plague  Lesson 2
 Clinical Presentation

Pharyngeal Plague

  • Uncommon.
  • Can resemble tonsillitis with peritonsillar abscess and cervical lymphadenopathy.
  • There can be asymptomatic carriers of pharyngeal plague in close contacts of patients with other forms of plague.

Plague Meningitis

  • This form of plague is most common in children and is usually the end result of ineffective treatment for other forms of plague.
  • Symptoms often mimic other forms of bacterial meningitis, such as headache, neck stiffness, and photophobia.
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