The Spread of the Plague

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Alexander Yersin identified the cause of the bubonic plague. He discovered that the disease was being caused by a deadly bacterium which he named after himself, Yersinia pestis. Yersin worked with a scientist named Pasteur in France to develop a treatment to fight the plague. Yersin was the first to suggest that rats and fleas were the main cause for the spreading of the plague. Symptoms of the plague emerge after one to seven days which include fever, swelling in the regional lymph nodes in the groin, armpit, or neck. In most cases the bacterium spread to the bloodstream and central nervous system resulting in death 100 percent of the time. There are actually three types of plague; the most common was the bubonic plague. “The disease in humans has three clinical forms: bubonic pneumonic and septicemia. The Bubonic plague is the best known form in popular lore, and indeed it constitutes about three-fourths of plague cases” (Encyclopedia Britannica 3). The bubonic plague is the blame for causing the Black Death of the fourteenth century. The symptoms of the bubonic plague strike rapidly within two to five days of being bitten by a flea or rat. The first stage of symptoms includes; fever, chills, severe headache, sore throat, and muscle aches. The second stage of symptoms include; vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and respiratory failure. The bacterium travel to the immune system and began to break it…

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