Why the Bubonic Plague Still Exists Today


From Seeker.

When you think of the Plague, the Black Death of the 14th century, with its medieval cities overrun with rats and creepy plague masks, probably comes to mind. But the Plague isn’t a disease of the past; it’s still very much around.
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There are actually three major types of plague depending on what part of the body is affected. Septicemic, pneumonic, and bubonic, which is what we think of when we hear “the plague” since it’s the most common type.

Symptoms may include fever, chills, body aches, nausea, and vomiting, all of which can usually take anywhere between one to seven days to pop up. But probably the most important thing to keep in mind is that timing here is crucial, because things can go downhill quickly if treatment isn’t started immediately. And that goes for all three types of plague.

If treatment for bubonic plague doesn’t work or is administered too late or if the bubonic stage doesn’t occur, the bacteria can continue its spread from the lymph nodes into the bloodstream, where it starts to multiply.

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How the Plague Reshaped the World
"This apocalyptic pestilence became known as the “black death” because infected people often developed buboes, swollen lymph nodes in the groin and neck, that turned black. Europe’s population was halved in four years. But that doesn’t cover the half of it. The pandemic also swept through Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Some estimates of mortality go as high as two hundred million.

Yes the Bubonic Plague Is Still Around, Why You Don’t Need to Worry
"Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be frightening to imagine another disease spreading across the globe — especially one as infamous as the bubonic plague. But, fortunately, we’re in the clear."

Plague: A Scourge From Ancient to Modern Times
"Throughout history, urban rats have been the most dangerous plague-carriers to humans. Infected rat fleas can transmit Yersinia pestis to humans through their bites. Wild animals can catch plague through eating infected animals. "

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