Find out how we define and monitor cases of plague, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About plague

Plague is a bacterial disease (Yersinia pestis) that spreads from rodents to humans via the bite of infected fleas. Outbreaks of plague are often linked to poverty, civil disturbances and war, when health infrastructure and facilities have broken down.

Disease type:
Listed human
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see the World Health Organization's plague page

Surveillance and reporting

Plague is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

For more on plague in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence

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