Bubonic Plague

By: Jana and Marquita

Get A Quick Idea of The Bubonic Plague with this video!

The past, present and future of the bubonic plague - Sharon N. DeWitte
All the citizens did little else except to carry dead bodies to be buried [...] At every church they dug deep pits down to the water-table; and thus those who were poor who died during the night were bundled up quickly and thrown into the pit. In the morning when a large number of bodies were found in the pit, they took some earth and shoveled it down on top of them; and later others were placed on top of them and then another layer of earth, just as one makes lasagna with layers of pasta and cheese. -Ole J. Benedictow

Cause of Disease

Bubonic Plague is cause by bacteria called Yersinia Pestis.

Disease Tranmission

The bacteria is most commonly transmitted to humans through fleas. The fleas are more often than not found on rats. Rats would not die of the Bubonic Plague so it spread very quickly! Bubonic plague can be transmitted from human to human, but don't worry! This is not common.


Within three to seven days of contracting the disease you should have flu like systems such as fever, headache, chills, weakness, and swollen lymph glands. The lymph glands are located in the throat. When swollen it becomes hard to breath. You may also have buboes* form. These cause the skin to turn black.

*swelling of a lymphatic gland, especially in the armpit and groin

Disease Treatment

People will need immediate treatment. If not treated within twenty-four hours of the first signs of symptoms you will die. Antibiotics such as, streptonycin, gentamircin, doxy cycline are used to treat the plague.


Get rid of nesting places near family areas. Use bug repellent with DEET* to prevent flea bites. Report infected/dead animals to a local health center. Do not touch and infected/dead animal.

*strong chemical used in bug spray to repel bugs

"FUN" Facts About A Highly Deadly Disease

  • Eleanor of Portugal, Queen of Argon died of the Subsonic Plague.
  • The Jews were often accused of the plague spreading (because of their religion) when really the Christians were the ones spreading it.
  • Also known as black death because your skin would turn black.
  • Black Death arrived in Europe from Gencose trading ships which were full of sailors infected from the Fleas. "You could smell them from a mile away."
  • Cats were released in Europe to eat the rats but the cats ended up getting fleas to! Therefor the disease spread faster and a lot of cats died.
  • Ring around the Rosy was based off the Black Plague.
Ring around the rosy describes the buboes you would get with the Bubonic Plague.

Pocket full of poesy describes flowers woman carried to cover the smell of death.

Ashes, Ashes, describes the skin turning black.

We all fall down! describes the sudden deaths.

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