Serological studies on human plague in Southern Africa. Part II. A bubonic/pneumonic plague epidemic in Lesotho


Isaäcson M, Qhobela QM, Davis DH, Growngold TP


A description is given of an outbreak of human plague in Lesotho in 1968 which was preceded by, and merged with, a typhoid epidemic. This circumstance was responsible for a diagnosis of typhoid fever being made in the earliest plague cases, especially as the clinical presentation was similar to that of the typhoid patients. Consequently, the plague epidemic ran its natural course and with the onset of winter the pneumonic form appeared. Serological follow-up studies of recovered patients were carried out up to 4 years after the outbreak.


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