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Doctor insights on: Black Death Plague Symptoms

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Dr. Thomas Doyle
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Plague (Definition)

A rare infectious disease caused by a bacteria that is transmitted via flea bite.Symptoms of bubonic plague include fever, chills, headache, muscle pains, and the appearance of a ...Read more


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How can you prevent the spread of the black death or plague the next time it hits?

How can you prevent the spread of the black death or plague the next time it hits?

Unlikely: There's won't be another plague epidemic unless there's a bioterrorist attack. The big difference between the modern era and the middle ages is that we now have antibiotics that treat yersinia pestis, the cause of plague. ...Read more

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How are black plague, black death, and bubonic plague different?

Same disease: This is the epidemic form of infection by f pestis. It was called "black" because at the end the disseminated intravascular coagulation caused gangrene of the extremities, and "bubonic" because the infected lymph nodes would swell greatly. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the black plague nowadays?

Same as now: Most cases of plague are bubonic (swollen lymph glands). Some are associated with blood stream spread with blood vessel damage. (black plague) and some spread to the lungs which can facilitate person to person spread. ...Read more

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What were the causes of the black plague?

The same as now: Septicemic illness due to Yersinia pestis, the plague bacillus. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout the black plague what were some things people did to keep sanitation?

Black Plague: Plague has been recorded since 541 AD when there was no understanding about bacterial infections and how to prevent them. The major sanitation I am aware of was when bodies were removed and buried in the ground. ...Read more

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Why did the black plague only affect Europe?

Not true: There are accounts of plaque in various parts of the world in ancient times. It seems like Europe was affected so strongly because we are Western and so are they. Plague is principally a function of cities and human close proximity along with poor hygiene which describes Europe at the time of the plague. It may have been as bad elsewhere but not written about so profusely. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pneumonic plague?

What are the symptoms of pneumonic plague?

Yersinia/pasteurella: Pestis is the bacterium, spread by rat flea; infesting and enlarging lympnodes (bubos). High fever, acral necrosis, seizures. The pneumonic form skips the rat and flea and is passed airborne human to human to cause a lung abcess. ...Read more

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How are buboes treated in the black plague?

Plague: Bubonic Plaque is treated with isolation in hospital & antibiotics (ie, Gentamycin, Streptomycin, tetracyclines or Chloramphenicol). ...Read more

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What is done to prevent the spread of black plague?

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What is done to prevent the spread of black plague?

Good sanitation: In general, plague is prevented by eliminating rodents and fleas, especially in the areas where plague is known to be endemic (like the western United States). Antibiotic prophylaxis (prevention) can be considered for people who are exposed to potentially-infected rodents or fleas. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the typical symptoms of bubonic plague?

Plague: Fever, chills and extremely painful lymph node swelling usually in the groin or axilla. ...Read more

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Was the black plague the same as the bubonic plague or were they different virus?

Same bacteria: The black plague i(or the black death) s thought to have been due to infection with the bacteria yersinia pestis. It causes 3 different infections, all of which were probably involved in what was known as the black plague. Bubonic plague is one of these 3, the others are pneumonic plague and septicemic plague. Nice article on it here: http://bit.Ly/1d9di1d. ...Read more

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How many cases of plague occur in the u.S.?

How many cases of plague occur in the u.S.?

Very few!: The plague or typhoid fever is very rare in the us. According to the cdc approximately 5, 700 cases/yr and the majority are acquired while traveling to foreign countries (about 3/4 of them). In the developing world, about 21.5 million people are affected each year. Although serious, typhoid these days can be treated with common antibiotics. ...Read more

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How is plague treated?

How is plague treated?

Antibiotics,hospital: Patients with suspected plague are put in strict isolation units and treatment is started with antibiotics such as gentamicin, streptomycin, doxycycline, tetracyline, Septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ciprofloxacin, or chloramphenicol. With treatment, the death rate drops from about 50% to about 15% (the majority of the cases are bubonic plague). Pneumonic plague is fatal if treatment is not started in 24 hours. ...Read more

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How do people get plague?

Bites or sick people: The plague is usually bubonic (one catches it from being bit by infected fleas or rodents, and the bacteria infects one's lymph nodes) or pneumonic (one catches it by breathing infected moisture droplets exhaled, sneezed, or coughed out by an infected person or animal, and the bacteria infects one's lungs). Without treatment, pneumonic plague is fatal. ...Read more

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