plague pneumonia

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Noun1.plague pneumonia - a rapidly progressive and frequently fatal form of the plague that can spread through the air from person to person; characterized by lung involvement with chill, bloody expectoration and high fever
pest, pestilence, pestis, plague - a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal
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Four persons developed plague after exposure to the ill dog; one of the patients also had close contact with the index patient after he developed plague pneumonia, supporting possible human-to-human transmission.
Primary plague pneumonia contracted from a domestic cat at South Lake Tahoe, California.
Human to human infection occurs when a person with plague pneumonia coughs and spreads the bacteria into the air, which is then inhaled by others.