pneumonic plague :
- n a rapidly progressive and frequently fatal form of the plague that can spread through the air from person to person; characterized by lung involvement with chill, bloody expectoration and high fever
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- Plague alters cell death to kill host
( Northwestern University ) Research at Northwestern Medicine has uncovered how the bacteria that cause pneumonic plague can subvert apoptotic cell death by directly destroying Fas ligand. The effect is a disrupted immune response during infection, which allows Y. pestis to overwhelm the lungs, causing death.
April 14, 2014 - EurekAlert!