The Bubonic Plague

Sagi Almog, Ido Nemesh and Nadav Lev Ari

Background of The Bubonic Plague

At the begging of the 1330's there was a contagious sickness which started in China called "The Bubonic Plague", after a while this diseases spread mostly around Europe and some parts of Asia because China imports many resources to other countries and the importers carried the Bubonic Plague overseas . This plague has led to many deaths(25 million) in 5 years because there was no cure at that time.This plague mostly effects Rodents but can also effect humans in a case where a specific fly called the Oriental rat flea bites you. Once a person has this illness he can quickly infect others.


The Bubonic plague has many symptoms such as :

  • Gangrene of the extremities such as toes, fingers, lips and tip of the nose (That means that these areas swell up and turn black).
  • Cold
  • High fever 39 °C
  • Muscle cramps
  • Smooth, painful lymph gland swelling called a bubo, this is most likely to happen in the area of the infection.
  • Pain may occur in the area before the swelling appears
  • A change of skin color to pink in some very extreme cases

The Cure

In modern day times there are some antibiotics which are the cure for the Bubonic Plague but according to most sources the succession rate is roughly 85%. Now unlike in the past there are many ways to prevent this plague.The main way of prevention from this plague is high personal hygiene and good public health care (exterminators).

Personal and Public health care is Important!!!

Connection to the story

In the story it is told that Mrs. Farringham died due to having the Bubonic Plague(like I said in that time there was no way to cure the Bubonic Plague), therefore the government changed the furniture in her room because as I said before you can easily be infected by the Bubonic Plague. The next step the government did is that they didn't tell anyone about her sickness and an even further step is that they made it look like Mrs. Farringham didn't even come to France. The reason they did this is because they didn't want to make everyone panic since it was Exhbition year and that would make everyone stop coming top France.