Global Effect of The Plague

and how to change it

The Pneumonic Plague

is a lung infection caused by a bacterial disease (Yersinia pestis) transmitted by parasitic fleas found on rodents, such as rats and mice.
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(Yersinia pestis)


- trouble breathing

- chest pain

- cough

- fever

- headache,

- overall weakness

- bloody lungs


The Plague is treated with regular intake of antibiotics, although if it isn't diagnosed in it's early stages it could be fatal.


The Plague is all but wiped out in 1st-World countries, but it's still very prevalent all over the world. People with the most risk of catching the plague are those who live in places were rodents like rats thrive and live uncontrolled. The Plague can be prevented by cleaning areas that are effected by large populations of rats.


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From 1989 to 2003, there have been 38,310 reported cases from all over the world. Notable outbreaks occurred in India (1994, 2002) Indonesia (1997) & Algeria (2003) The Plague, although nearly gone from the U.S.A., is still active in animals in the West.

How to change it

The Plague can be severely crippled through coordinated and regular maintenance of the rodent population across the world. The biggest problem with the plague is the lack of care taken by the governments of many of the affected countries. Some governments decide not to report the plague's presence until many years after an outbreak. The W.H.O. could develop a treatment program to send trained specialists to the various effected countries of the world and spend at least $10 million for all the expenses of treatment, but this attempt would be purposeless if governments of the countries in which the plague prospers do not set up a sustained program for routine checks on the bacteria's presence in wildlife. Only through cooperation and action of both the W.H.O. and the given countries will result in a world where the Pneumonic Plague is no more.