oa South African Medical Journal - Pneumonic plague : recovery in a proved case

Volume 17, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



An outbreak of pneumonic plague in an urban Native location in the Orange Free State is descriptionbed. Nine cases occurred in the location and two in a subsidiary outbreak on a farm. The administrative measures which were taken to control the outbreak consisted of the enforcement of quarantine and the giving of live avirulent vaccine. Concentrated serum was also given as a prophylactic measure to close contacts. Antirodent work was carried out in the affected areas. The use of serum as a preventive measure is discussed. A case of proved pneumonic plague in which recovery occurred is descriptionbed.

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