The Bubonic Plague

Scott and Daniel

Disease

The disease first, infects the lymph glands and causes fever and inflammation. It also causes red spots on the skin that later turn black. The contaminated lymph nodes are called buboes, which is how the plague got its name, the Bubonic Plague.

Background

Killer Outbreaks- The Bubonic Plague

Symptoms

The disease first, infects the lymph glands and causes fever and inflammation. It also causes red spots on the skin that later turn black. Symptoms also include chills, fever, headache, muscle pain,seizures, painful swelling of the lymph gland (called a bubo).

Lymph Gland

The lymph gland is used primarily to make helper T and B cells. This is part of the immune system. The cells help in a) locating foreign contaminants in the bloodstream and b) to trap the germs and kill them before they can harm tissue. If they penetrate the tissue , then different types of cells will come to kill the disease. The main areas for lymph node production is near the armpits, but also in the thighs and stomach.
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Society

As the plague spread, all of Europe was in shock. Nearly 2/3 of all people either had or closely knew someone who was infected. With the disease running wild, nobody knew how to stop it. It did not matter where you lived or what class your family was in, the plague could strike anyone. The few doctors that were not infected, they were busy tending to the wealthy families that were sick. And with all the focus on keeping the living healthy, there was no time to be spent on education or development.


Without much education, it was difficult to find a solution to this uprising issue. And little advancements, the whole area could not develop, nobody could work for all the people were aiding loved ones. With no money being made and no new technology being discovered, Europe had hard times even after the Plague. All of this and more highly decreased the value of Europe, some of the most sought after land prior to the epidemic.

Essential Question

How did the Bubonic Plague effect the development of society and living standards of Europeans during the period of time?