The Bubonic Plague

How is it caused? How do I contract It?

The Bubonic Plague is caused by a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis. Most people catch the Black Death when bitten by an infected flea. Also, If someone comes into contact with with infected tissue or fluids from people or animals, dead or alive, they are at a high risk of contracting the disease.

What are the symptoms?

The signs of the plague usually show after 2 to 5 days of being exposed. The symptoms are chills, fever, a general ill feeling, and headache. Some sever symptoms are Muscle pain, seizures, and smooth and painful lymph gland swelling called a bubo.

How is it treated?

The Bubonic plague is easily treated with the use of available antibiotics, usually streptomycin or gentamicin. Though, if left untreated ti could become fatal.

How can I keep from getting the disease?

Well first things first, the easiest way to avoid contracting the plague is by washing your hands (which you should do anyways)! Avoid being bitten by fleas or rodents that might be infected. Also, use gloves and masks when handling dead or sick animals. DO NOT touch any material that has been in contact with the bubonic plague, like dead or sick animals.
Bubonic Plague Outbreak in Madagascar, 47 Already Dead

Fun Facts!!!!

1) Madagascar has a major out break of the plague after ten years of no signs of the disease.
2) There has been an estimated 138 suspected cases of the plague this year in Madagascar, and 47 people have died.
3) The well know lullaby Ring around the Rosy, was a song people sang to ward off the evil spirits that cursed them with the plague
4) With in 5 year after the first case of Black Death in 1347 about 1/3 of Europe's population died.