Bubonic Plague

infectious disease

The Plague

The disease is caused by a bacteria named Yersinia Pestis. The disease is usually spread by a bite from an infected flea, handling infected animal tissues, inhaling infectious droplets from cats and dogs with the plague or contact with a person who has the plague.

The Black Death

Some symptoms of the disease are headaches, fever, chills, weakness in the body and swollen lymph nodes. The disease is treated with specific antibiotics and the infected person will be hospitalized.

Bubonic plague pictures

Facts about the disease

  1. The Bubonic plague wiped out 2/3 of the people who lived in England in the 14th century.
  2. In four years the Bubonic plague killed 75 million people in Europe.
  3. It's called the black death because of the blackness of toes and fingers.
  4. In 1347 people who lived in Genoa shot burning arrows at a boat returning from war in Crimea known to have Bubonic plague on board.
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Resources

  1. www.nc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2014/chapter-3-infectious-disease-related-to-travel/plague-bubonic-pneumonic-septicemic
  2. medicinenet.com/script/maiinlartasp?articlekey=141316
  3. healthvermont.gov/prevent/plague.aspx#ten
  4. www.health24.com/medical/infectious-diseases/new/bubonic-plague-15-facts-20130318
  5. raredisease.about.com/od/infectiousdiseases/ig/pictures-of-bubonic-plague
  6. izquotes.com

Quote

"Of the Black Death. How many valiant men, how many fair ladies, breakfast with their kinfolk and the same night supped with their ancestors in the next world!"

Giovanni Boccaccio