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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
These Are The Names, Chapter 21
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colorofitall From: colorofitall Date: July 10th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: disease transmission

Delurking as well. (puts MD hat on).

Fern, you are absolutely right about how Y. pestis spreads. That's why it is so concerning for a bioterror weapon, and such a bad idea here. (stupid Gamesmakers!) Once Y. pestis gets in a patient's lungs, you now have pneumonic plague which is nasty nasty stuff. Now the rats don't matter, and every time a tribute kills another tribute it'll spread. Since the Gamesmakers like up close and personal deaths, ya know.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 11th, 2014 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: disease transmission

Thanks. I was sure about the transmission -- for whatever reason, I was obsessed with the Black Death when I was a kid and still obsessively read reports when the news turns up something new, which may say something about what kind of kid I was; whoa, English plague pit news -- but I had a post-posting panic that I'd used "airborne" wrong. ;p

Y pestis is a nasty, creepy little thing, and what it does to the fleas it infects is pretty sick, too. In the course of reading for this, I found that during WWII, the Japanese dropped bombs full of infected fleas on China. The strain here is a bio-engineered strain on top of its usual scariness, adapted around known antibiotics and to let the fleas live longer (not to mention that it was initially released in the middle of total chaos by someone with a psychopathic historical bent).
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