Bubonic Plague

John Deneen


There have been a total of 3 main outbreaks of the bubonic plague. The first of these outbreaks happened in the 6th century, leading to the deaths of 25 million people. The second outbreak of the plague, known as the "Black Death" happened in Europe in the 1300s, killing a third of the world's population. The third outbreak of the bubonic plague happened in the late 19th, century killing hundreds of thousands.


Symptoms include:

  • Chills
  • High Fever
  • Cramps
  • Swollen Lymph Gland called a bubo
  • Gangrene of the Extremities

How Bubonic Plague is Spread

The Plague is caused by the bacteria Yersinia Pestis And is spread by:

  • Contact with Rat Fleas
  • Direct Contact with infected people

Treatment and Prevention

  • Laboratory testing is required to diagnose Bubonic Plague, and antibiotics must be administered withing 24 hours of diagnosis to prevent the patient's death.
  • To prevent the spread of the plague, do not go near people or animals you think may be carrying the disease.
  • If you think you know someone who may be infected, immediately contact the CDC or WHO