Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Bubonic Plague

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4562-1

Disease (French: peste) which occurs due to infection with the bacterium Yersinia (Pasteurella) pestis that is transmitted by fleas (e.g., Xenopsylla cheopis) and was discovered in 1894 separately in Hong Kong by Yersin and Kitasato.


Bubonic Plague Bacterium Yersinia 
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Further Reading

  1. Bible DJ, Chen TH (1976) Diagnosis of the plague: an analysis of the Yersin-Kitasato controversy. Bacteriol Reviews 40:633–651Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany