Yersinia pestis

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Yersinia pestis

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Plague Tales: Yersinia Pestis

Yersinia pestis, is a facultative anaerobic, Gram-negative, coccobacillus. It is the causative agent of the Plague and responsible for some of the most deadly pandemics in history. While Yersinia pestis is no longer a cause of mass mortality, outbreaks do still occur. Over the last decade, there have been up to 2,000 cases per year reported to the World Health Organization, and likely thousands more unreported.

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