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  Module Introduction      

This web-based module is designed to teach you about the natural epidemiology of plague and how to manage it as both a natural disease and an intentional attack. The content is presented to you, the participant, in a series of 8 lessons to be completed in the order that they appear. Please select the lesson you wish to complete from the navigation bar on the left. Next, proceed through the lesson using the navigation arrows at the lower right. At the end of this training module, you may click on the Agent Modules Home link to review other agents.

Module Objectives

At the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify where plague occurs naturally in order to recognize possible bio-terrorism.
  • Identify patient symptoms that will lead to a diagnosis of bubonic, pneumonic, or septicemic plague.
  • Describe how to rule out other diseases when diagnosing plague.
  • Identify the appropriate specimens to obtain in order to diagnose plague.
  • Describe the medical management of confirmed plague cases.
  • Describe the public health response needed for naturally occurring versus bioterrorist plague.
  • Describe the diagnosis of plague in animals.

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Page last reviewed February 12, 2007
Page last modified September 7, 2004

  • Content source: CDC Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB), Division of Emergency Operations (DEO), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
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