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Bubonic Plague Pictures: Norway Rat

Photos of Bubonic Plague Infections and Transmission


Updated February 13, 2009

Norway rat

The Norway rat, also called "brown rat" or "sewer rat," can carry fleas infected with bubonic plague.

Photo courtesy of the CDC
The Norway rat is very common in cities as well as rural areas. It usually lives close to humans and may carry fleas infected with bubonic plague bacteria. The plague is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected flea.

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