The Plague and The Cure

By: Natalie Lynch

"If you're not treated in the next twenty-four hours, you'll die." Hundreds of people had been told that. For they had the black death and were going to die if it wasn't fixed, most did die. Luckily, there had been cures for this terrible disease.

What is the black plague.

The black death is a terrible sickness. It had plagued Europe for years, and it killed millions. Very few who had the plague survived. People who had the black death could die from terribly high fever, deadly cold, vomiting, weakness, chills, and disgusting black swellings all over the body. It was a terrible time for Europe. One survivor said; " One citizen avoided another, hardly any neighbor troubled about others... terror was struck into the hearts of men and women in this calamity."
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Past Cures

Back then there were many cures, but almost all were uncanny or led to death anyway. The most used cure was cutting the patient. one form of cutting was cutting the patients veins and make them bleed the bacteria out, or they would cut open the swellings. of course then the patient would actually be better, or they'd be worse, or they'd die of blood loss. another way was to wash the patient with vinegar and water. That didn't work most of the time, so the disease would kill them. They could also try dieting. The patient would not be allowed to eat anything that would spoil easily or smells weird. That helped the disease not get worse, but it didn't make it better. And they'd sanctify the streets, which they should have already been doing.

Today's cure

Luckily today we have better cures. These cures are called antibiotics. Thanks to bio engineers and chemical engineers we have antibiotics called streptomycin, gentamicin, doxycycline, and ciprofloxacin, to cure the plague. The most used antibiotic is gentamicin. Gentamicin is made of benzalkonium chloride, sodium chloride, tyloxapol, dried sodium phospate, sodium hydroxide, and/or hydrochloric acid, and purified water. Therefor it's very toxic, but works well. Gentamicin stops the plague by stopping the bacteria from making it's protein, so it starves and dies.
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Even though we have a cure for the bubonic plague, or the black death, it is still very deadly and serious. The disease is spread from a diseased flea that'll bite a rat, making it diseased, and the rat'll spread it so you. The black death is still around in eastern Asia, and southern Africa. So, stay away from rats, especially if you live in those areas. If you start to get symptoms get help A.S.A.P.! If you do not get the help you need after twenty four hours the disease might become fatal.
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