[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
Volume 23, Number 3—March 2017 / Research Letter
Successful Treatment of Human Plague with Oral Ciprofloxacin
Titus Apangu, Kevin Griffith1, Janet Abaru, Gordian Candini, Harriet Apio, Felix Okoth, Robert Okello, John Kaggwa, Sarah Acayo, Geoffrey Ezama, Brook Yockey, Christopher Sexton, Martin Schriefer, Edward Katongole Mbidde, and Paul Mead
Author affiliations: Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe, Uganda (T. Apangu, J. Abaru, G. Candini, H. Apio, F. Okoth, R. Okello, J. Kaggwa, S. Acayo, G. Ezama, E.K. Mbidde); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (K. Griffith, B. Yockey, C. Sexton, M. Schriefer, P. Mead)
The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved ciprofloxacin for treatment of plague (Yersina pestis infection) based on animal studies. Published evidence of efficacy in humans is sparse. We report 5 cases of culture-confirmed human plague treated successfully with oral ciprofloxacin, including 1 case of pneumonic plague.
Keywords: Yersinia Pestis; Plague; Ciprofloxacin.