The three most common forms of plague are:
- Bubonic plague is an infection of the lymph nodes.
- Pneumonic plague is an infection of the lungs.
- Septicemic plague is an infection of the blood.
Plague is a severe and potentially deadly bacterial infection.
Bubonic plague symptoms appear suddenly, usually after 2-5 days of exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms include:
- High fever
- Smooth, painful lymph gland swelling called a buboe
- Commony found in the groin, but may occur in the armpits or neck
- Pain may occur in the area before the swelling
- General ill feeling (malaise)
- Muscle pain
- Severe headache