Bubonic & Pneumonic Plague: Disease Caused by Yersinia pestis


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What type of plague would you likely develop after inhaling respiratory droplets containing bacteria from another person?

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1. If you were looking under a microscope and trying to identify whether a sample contained Yersinia pestis, what characteristics would you expect to find?

2. In the United States today, plague exposure is exceedingly rare. However, every year a small number of people are infected and develop the plague. What animal would be the most likely carrier of the disease?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What causes outbreaks of plagues, what are the types of plagues, and how might these outbreaks be prevented? These are among the topics you'll need to know in order to answer the questions in this quiz and worksheet combo.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the topics listed below:

  • How one typically acquires pneumonic plague
  • The description of 'Yersinia pestis'
  • The three major types of plague
  • What 'Yersinia pestis' infects in the U.S.
  • The most effective way to prevent plague infection

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the origin and spread of plagues
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the transmission of plagues and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of the three main types of plagues

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the accompanying lesson called Bubonic & Pneumonic Plague: Disease Caused by Yersinia pestis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe 'Yersinia pestis'
  • Discuss how infection from a plague is spread
  • Provide information about the most well-known and deadly pandemics in history
  • Examine the presence of Yersinia pestis in the U.S. today
  • Identify and define the three types of plague
  • List ways in which the spread of infection can be prevented