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    Pneumonic Plague

    Primary pneumonic plague has a 2- to 3-day incubation period. There is abrupt onset of high fever, chills, tachycardia, and headache. Cough develops within 24 h. Chest x-ray shows rapidly progressing infiltrates.

    Image courtesy of Dr. Jack Poland via the Public Health Image Library of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.