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Yersinia pestis (Bubonic plague)

Wikipedia Abstract

Yersinia pestis (formerly Pasteurella pestis) is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped coccobacillus, a facultative anaerobic bacterium that can infect humans and animals. It causes the deadly disease named plague.Human Y. pestis infection takes three main forms: pneumonic, septicemic, and bubonic plagues.
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Invasive Species

Yersinia pestis is the bacterium that causes bubonic plague. During the Middle Ages in Europe, the disease killed millions of people due to unsanitary conditions. People are usually infected by bites from rodent fleas that carry the disease. Modern antibiotics are effective against Yersinia pestis, but if treatment is not found promptly, the disease is likely to cause severe illness or death (Center for Disease Control, 2001).
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Parasite of 
Canis latrans (Coyote)[1]
Mephitis mephitis (Striped Skunk)[1]
Mustela nigripes (Black-footed Ferret)[1]
Odocoileus hemionus (mule deer)[1]
Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer)[1]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[1]
Puma concolor (Cougar)[1]
Taxidea taxus (American Badger)[1]
Vulpes velox (Swift Fox)[1]



Attributes / relations provided by
1Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
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