S: Black Plague: A Race Against Time
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FC: Bubonic Plague: A Race Against Time | By: Lindsay Thompson
1: WHY? | Why did the bubonic plague kill so many people in Europe from 1347-1352? Why was the disease so different from today's? Why did this happen so suddenly and end so abruptly?
2: Background: | The bubonic plague killed nearly 25,000 people in Europe from 1347 to 1352. The disease spread like wildfire. It wasn't something you could run from. It would get you.
3: People in the times of the plague believed many things about the cause of it. Since they knew nothing about it, they couldn't treat it. And in five days of contracting the disease, you'd be lucky to be alive.
4: Effects: | The black plague wasn't a disease without symptoms. You knew if you had it. Some symptoms meant that the disease was in it's early days. Some meant you didn't catch it early enough. Most meant a death sentence.
5: The effects of the disease were weakness, headache, chills, high fever, vomiting, being delirious, rapid heartbeat, slurred speech, and difficulty walking were the signs that the disease was in its earlier stages. Swollen lymph nodes in the groin, neck, or armpits followed. The nervous system would collapse, resulting in painful moves. Finally, the reason for the disease being called the black plague; the skin would turn black from internal bleeding. Usually, the victim would fall into a coma, or go into shock. Death would normally come on the fifth day.
6: Images: | This mask is one doctors used to treat victims.
8: Today: | The disease was very contagious in 1347. It would spread from person to person without hesitation. If you were close to someone who had the disease, the odds were you were going to get it.
9: Today however, it is very different. The disease is only caught if you were bitten by the infected flea. This is extremely different from the plague of 1347. Why? Well, doctors think it has something to do with the bacteria of the disease. The Yersinia Pestis.
12: The Yersinia Pestis: | The Yersina Pestis is a rod shaped bacteria that lived in fleas. Fleas need a host body to get blood and nutrients from. They can jump about 6 inches in height, and can without a host for a little while.
13: In 1347, there was a large famine in Asia. A lot of the rats dies without food or water, and the fleas would have no where to go for warmth and blood. When their host died, they'd jump from a rat to a human if they sensed one near. They'd bite the human, infecting them with bubonic plague.
16: Death Sentence: | Getting the bubonic plague was like receiving a death sentence; there was no hope for you. Whole villages were infected, and whole villages would die, leaving hundreds of ghost towns in the disease's wake.
17: Families that contracted the disease would often board up their homes, and allow no one inside. So many people were dying everyday, that men called porters would go around every morning and pick up the bodies, believing they would not get the disease. Almost all did.
20: The End: | The end of the disease came just as suddenly as it had come. Why? Scientists believe that it was because the disease had infected next to everyone, and those who were alive were immune to it. The people took it as a sign.
21: Most people believed that the disease had taken care of those who had been displeasing to God. They were very religious, and felt like they were immaculate for surviving this horribly disastrous time in history.