septicemic plague

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Noun1.septicemic plague - an especially dangerous and generally fatal form of the plague in which infecting organisms invade the bloodstream; does not spread from person to person
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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pestis was initially passed from person to person--say, when an infected individual coughed on a healthy person--and most likely caused lung infections known as pneumonic plague or blood infections called septicemic plague, the researchers report in the Oct.
The magnitude of decrease in deaths was similar for most clinical forms; however, the proportion of pneumonic plague cases that were fatal (36%) remained [approximately equal to] 3-fold higher, and of septicemic plague, [approximately equal to] 2-fold higher (27%), than the proportion of bubonic plague cases that were fatal (13%).
He was believed to be suffering from septicemic plague -- meaning the bacteria was spreading into his bloodstream -- and he is currently in critical condition.