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Term: plague
References: Master and Commander, pages 107, 155
HMS Surprise, pages 58, 244
Desolation Island, page 148
The Reverse of the Medal, pages 180, 227, 239
The Nutmeg of Consolation, page 22
Blue at the Mizzen, page 190
Meaning: A highly fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, is transmitted primarily by the bite of a rat flea, and occurs in bubonic, pneumonic, and septicaemic forms.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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