Epidemics

By Abigail Bence

The Bubonic Plague

It arrived in Europe by Genoese traiding ships in October 1347. When people went to help unload they found a suprise most sailors were dead. The ones who were alive were very sick. They had a fever and kept vomiting. But the wierdest part was they had big black boils all over thier body that oozed blood and pus. It was nicknamed the black death for this reason. Over the next 5 years 20 million people died of this disease brought by mice.

Small Pox

It arrived in America during the 1600s. It was brought by Europeans. Soon Native Americans had headaches, backaches, high fever, and fatigue. Then after about 3 days a rash formed. It affected faces, arms, and legs. Then the rashes became little red dots with pus oozing out. It wiped out many Native american tribes.

Polio

During the 1950s polio spread through the US. It attacks the nervous system. You could get it from being in public. Especially in the summer. The worst type is Bulbar. It paralyzes you and makes it hard to swallow. 58,000 cases were reported. 3,150 of them ended in death. Kids were more likely to get it than adults but president Franklin Delano Roosevelt had it. To speak in public he had to use leg braces and use supports. When he was not in public he used a wheel chair. Polio disabled many people.

Yellow Fever

Some mosquitos pass around yellow fever. In the 17th century in Philadelphia there was an outbreak. After getting bitten people soon people had muscle pains, fever, chills, nausea, and loss of appetite. Then 2 days later people got yellow skin.

Whooping Cough

In 2013 and the 1980s, many people in California got a whooping cough. Some babies got it and died. It causes sore throats, hurting chests, and coughing. It's real name is Pertussis.

Keeping Safe

Get shots to keep safe. Don't eat rotten or poisend food. Also remember these outbreaks are very rare