A bibliography of literature pertaining to plague (Yersinia pestis)

Product Type: 

Open-file Report

Year: 

2011

Author(s): 

Ellison, L.E. and M.K. Eberhardt Frank

Suggested Citation: 

Ellison, L.E. and M.K. Eberhardt Frank. 2011. A bibliography of literature pertaining to plague (Yersinia pestis). Open-File Report 2011-1293. U.S. Geological Survey. 43 p.

Plague is an acute and often fatal zoonotic disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. Y. pestis mainly cycles between small mammals and their fleas; however, it has the potential to infect humans and frequently causes fatalities if left untreated. It is often considered a disease of the past; however, since the late 1800s, plague’s geographic range has expanded greatly, posing new threats in previously unaffected regions of the world, including the Western United States. A literature search was conducted using Internet resources and databases. The keywords chosen for the searches included plague, Yersinia pestis, management, control, wildlife, prairie dogs, fleas, North America, and mammals. Keywords were used alone or in combination with the other terms. Although this search pertains mostly to North America, citations were included from the international research community, as well...