A20.3: Plague meningitis

You have the plague.

You have been infected with the plague. The plague is caused by bacteria called Yersinia. The bacteria usually pass from fleas to rodents such as rats. Humans can become infected if they come into contact with these infected animals. If a person is bitten by an infected flea, they can also catch the plague. Humans can also infect one another via the air or the skin.

Your meninges are inflamed due to the bacteria. The meninges lie around the brain and spinal cord. Inflamed meninges may be accompanied by bad headaches or neck pain. You may have a high temperature or vomiting.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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