The Black Death: A Brief History of the Bubonic Plague

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Paige Young
February 1, 2013
Period 3
History of the Bubonic Plague / Black Death
Throughout the years there have been out breaks of the Black Death. The Black Death began in Asia and eventually spread throughout Europe and later it spread to the rest of the world. The Black Death is still around today and still kills thousands of people each year.

The Bubonic Plague or Black Death began in Asia. The first recorded outbreak was in the Yuan Empire in 1331. By 1334 the disease had killed 90% of the population in the Hebei Province It originated at the east end of the trading route and spread west, infecting millions across Asia (Szczepanski). It spread through the trading routes and reached the “Turkish tribes in Crimea” people from these tribes eventually fled across the Black Sea to Europe. They took the plague with them. The plague began in Europe in1347 in Sicily eventually to Genoa and Venice then by the end of the year in infects all of Europe (The Black Death). The Bubonic Plague is very contagious, “the mere touching of the clothes,” wrote Boccaccio (Black Plague). The Black Plague was a very deadly disease and still today there are deaths from outbreaks. The Black Death is very deadly. It is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. This bacterium is found in the entrails of fleas. When a infected flea bites a human it transmits the bacteria into the bloodstream and in four to six days symptoms will begin (Szczepanski). Symptoms include: swollen, tender lymph nodes, high fever, chills, headache and hemorrhages under the skin, causing blackish discoloration of the skin. A person that has been infected may develop other serious illnesses: pneumonia, blood poisoning, or meningitis (Kugler). There is no vaccine for any kind of plague in the United States. In the rest of the world there are limited amounts of vaccine available. There is no vaccine for the plague that is able to be inhaled (Lutwick 2). During the outbreak of the Bubonic Plague millions...
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