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What is the mortality rate of people with bubonic plague?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Since bubonic plague can be fatal, it is important to get medical attention quickly. The chances of a person dying from bubonic plague before the advent of antibiotics was about 66 percent, but this has been reduced to 11 percent with appropriate treatment. It is also important to note that some individuals that ignore medical treatment may develop pneumonic plague, which is far more serious and 100 percent fatal without the timely administration of antibiotics.

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