I chose this issue because it changed Britain’s history and it was one of the most deadly plagues in the world. The bubonic plague was famously named the Black Death for the amount of damage it caused. This condition is very deadly even though the first outbreak happened 700 years ago. This Plague killed about 75-200 million people from 1346 – 1353. It killed 60% of the population of Europe in 7 years. It created people to establish mass graves and caused social, religious, and economic upheavals.
According to the CDC (Center of Disease and Control) on average, about 10-20 people in the United States of America are diagnosed with the Bubonic Plague per year. Now, this disease is still deadly but is treatable by everyday antibiotics like penicillin. But can be deadly if not treated 24 hours after the first signs of symptoms. There is no guarantee that this plague will be wiped out because of the uncommon way it spreads and how many forms there are of the plague. The three forms are the common Bubonic Plague, Septicemic Plague, and Pneumonic Plague. The Bubonic Plague spreads through fleas infected with Yersinia Pestis. Yersinia Pestis is a gram negative bacteria. These fleas are spread through animals that live in dirty environments, mostly mice carry the disease. Some symptoms of the Bubonic Plague are headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, severe fever, severe chills, extreme weakness, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, internal and external bleeding, shock, and blackening of death tissue.
A simple solution to decreasing your risk of this disease is to remove all rodents from your house, and giving all your animals a medicine that prevents fleas. Another solution is to eat healthy and make sure your house is not dirty.