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any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people
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any epidemic disease with a high death rate
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
an acute infectious disease occurring in epidemic form and featuring paroxysms of pain (usually in the chest)
the most common form of the plague in humans; characterized by chills, prostration, delirium and the formation of buboes in the armpits and groin; does not spread from person to person
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
an especially dangerous and generally fatal form of the plague in which infecting organisms invade the bloodstream; does not spread from person to person
a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
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