Black Death–Bubonic Plague
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- Plague is a severe and potentially deadly bacterial infection.
- US National Library of Medicine
- Also known as: Septicemic plague · Pneumonic plague · Bubonic plague
- Learn about: Causes · Diagnosis · Treatment · Prevention · Prognosis
Bubonic plague symptoms appear suddenly, usually after 2 – 5 days of exposure to the bacteria.
- General ill feeling (malaise)
- Muscle pain
This article is about the disease in general. For information about the medieval European plague, see Black Death.
Bubonic plague is a zoonotic disease, circulating mainly in fleas on small rodents, and is one of three types of bacterial infections caused by Yersinia pestis (formerly known as Pasteurella pestis), that belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae.
Without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within four days.
The term bubonic plague is derived from the Greek word βουβών, meaning “groin.” Swollen lymph nodes (buboes) especially occur in the armpit and groin in persons suffering from bubonic plague. Bubonic plague was often used synonymously for plague, but it does in fact refer specifically to an infection that enters through the skin and travels through the lymphatics, as is often seen in flea-borne infections.
Bubonic plague—along with the septicemic plague and the pneumonic plague, which are the two other manifestations of Y. pestis—is commonly believed to be the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people, or 30–60% of the European population.
Around the Mediterranean Region, summers seemed to be the season when the disease took place. While in Europe, people found the disease most occurring in the autumn.
Because the plague killed so many of the working population, wages rose and some historians have seen this as a turning point in European economic development.
To read more about this visit the Wikpedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubonic_plague
The Red Cross needs our help
The bubonic plague once wiped a third of the world’s population — and now, Black Death is sparking one of the worst outbreaks globally in years.
Black Death has already killed 20 villagers after a sudden outbreak in Madagascar, and the Red Cross warns the island nation is at risk of a plague epidemic.
Even worse, strains of the disease seem to be spreading, and may even be mutating to populate at lower elevations.
The World Health Organization needs to send help to Madagascar, and to keep this potentially deadly disease from spreading.
With antibiotics, bubonic plague is now treatable — but without them, this devastating illness will cause lymph swelling, pustules, gangrene, and an agonizing death.
That’s a fate no one should suffer — and a problem we can’t afford to ignore.
Please, join us in calling on WHO to start beating this plague virus back, treating victims and keeping it from spreading!
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Nick Albertini says:
The “Black Death” Plague of Medieval Europe was likely NOT common Bubonic Plague.
Rather, researchers believe that it was some kind of Hemorrhagic Fever.
The spread of the “Black Death” was as rapid as a horse could ride, and was likely an airborne transmission,
as Influenza or Ebola would be transmitted.
In fact it may have been a strain of Ebola.
Bubonic Plague is not caused by a virus and can be treated with antibiotics.