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July 20th, 2012, 15:22
One more thing.

Since bubonic plague is so rare in the western world, the prognosis may be worse than necessary, because doctors will first consider more common diseases, and not think about plague in the first case. This patient was initially diagnosed with and treated for cat scratch fever, which given the circumstances was a reasonable diagnosis. Only when his condition got significantly worse was the correct diagnosis found and treated. No doubt the outcome would have been better (not losing his fingers and toes) if his plague had been diagnosed earlier. But you can't blame his doctors for that.

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