The Black Plague

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The Black Plague What is the Black Plague? The Black Plague first was found in Europe around the 1300’s, killing roughly about 25 million people. The disease was often carried by rats and their fleas. People contracted the plague when they were bitten by a flea that carried the plague bacteria from a rodent. The cause of plague was not discovered until the famous outbreak in China, in 1855. The first breakthrough came in Hong Kong, when researchers secluded the rodent bacteria, known as,Yersinia pestis. Symptoms of the Black Plague Symptoms of the Black Plague appear usually after 2 to 5 days of exposure or contact with the bacteria. Symptoms often include: chills, fever, headache, muscle pains, seizures, swelling of lymph glands, commonly found in the groin or armpit area, usually where the infection began. ( swollen lymph nodes) Prognosis and Treatment Many tests need to be done once an individual has contracted the Black Plague. Tests such as, Blood cultures, lymph node aspiration (fluid taken from an infected lymph node), and spuctrum cultures (secretions from the lungs and bronchi). Once these are completed then treatment begins. Treatment such as the use of Antibiotics, known as Streptomycin, Gentamicin, Doxycycline, or Ciprofloxacin are. Intravenous fluids, oxygen and respiratory support are often used as well to treat the plague. Without any treatment about 50% of infected individuals die. Today’s Black Plague The black plague has not been fully extinct nor

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