Ever heard of Bubonic Plague? I have years ago when I was a kid I can remember people talking about it and I thought that sounded pretty serious then.
But nowadays I just wanted to find out a little more on it and see if the Bubonic plague still exits and what it was all about and did I get a surprise. Watch this video to understand what this plague is all about…
This disease is something we don’t hear much of anymore but it’s still here and dangerous as it ever was.
Some interesting Bubonic Plague facts…
Way back in the old days say the mid-1300s there was an epidemic that spread through Asia and Europe called the Black death and man was it devastating.
Killing an estimated 75 million lives and to this day many people have never heard of this disease or how bad it really was.
Here is another interesting Bubonic Plague fact that might be shocking to know…
Today there are about 650 cases of this around the globe with about 120 deaths a year and Africa is where it is most common.
Now I wasn’t around then as none of us were but the stories I’ve read about it are pretty shocking and I’m going to tell you a little about what it is, where it originated from and it how it got started.
What is the Bubonic Plague?
In the 1300s when an epidemic broke out and killed many people it was called the Black Death.
It is one of three types Bubonic, Septicemic and Pneumonic plague caused by a bacterial infection called Yersinia pestis.
The type we are going to be talking about today is the Bubonic plague.
This is an infection of the lymphatic system.
One to seven days after being exposed to this bacteria you start haven’t symptoms.
These symptoms occur closet to the area the bacteria entered the body.
What are some of the Symptoms?
The symptoms of this plague may be many but the most common would be infected and enlarged lymph nodes that are very painful called buboes.
So I guess you see where the name Bubonic came from.
Let’s get on to some of the other symptoms…
OK, besides the awful aches and pain that comes with the infected lymph nodes here are some of the Bubonic Plague symptoms…
decomposition of skin
Bubonic plague is highly contagious even by touching the clothes of an infected person can cause you to contract it.
Now what makes this disease frightful is that you could go to bed with no signs and be dead by morning.
What is the Cause?
Well, what we know is this plague was an infection from the bite of an infected flea(oriental rat flea) Xenopsylla cheopis.
These fleas come from infected rates
As said before this infection can be caught by touching of the person, clothes or bodily fluids of one who is infected.
We know that it would be a rare case to get bit by one of these fleas but it isn’t impossible that’s why it’s horrifying.
This disease would be almost impossible to catch unless around fleas or where people have come from disease-prone areas. But if you did contract it you could actually start an epidemic. That is if it is not detected in time.
Schedule a doctor’s appointment and they check all the normal tests including physicals.
Check all your medical history
Travel history – to make sure you haven’t been overseas in disease-prone areas.
Make sure you have not been around infected animals.
The tests done by a doctor can determine whether you have the plague or not.
Doing a blood test if the Yersinia pestis bacteria is in the bloodstream then you have Bubonic Plague.
Lymph node fluid test
all tested under a microscope for signs of Yersinia pestis bacteria.
If the Yersinia pestis bacteria is found then you are diagnosed with the Bubonic Plague.
The only Bubonic Plague treatments are going to be medication and they will antibiotics here are a few of them…
This is the ten most common medications given for the plague.
What have we learned about this plague? If you suspect that you possibly could have this get to the doctor as soon as possible and get checked. It could save your life.
Why this Post?
I know it seems that this might not be something that you would have to worry about. Most ordinarily you wouldn’t but if you are around a lot of different people every day or around somebody that does a lot of traveling around the country it’s very possible.
Livegreaterhealth.com wants you to be on the safe side to have this knowledge in your mind. The more we are aware of the enemies that can get us quietly in this world talking about the sicknesses and diseases the off we are.
Now wouldn’t you agree with that?
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