The Deadliest Plague By: Esmeralda Hernandez

Appearing first in the fall of 1347, the Bubonic Plague spread so fast it killed about 60% of Europe’s population by the 14th century and it is still affecting people today

The Black Death was first seen in the fall of 1347 when a ship came back from Asia to Italy bringing back supplies and metals. The people were really excited, but they saw the crew's bodies, their bodies looked like skeletons. They had grotesque, bulbous growths and pus-filled sores.

The Yersinia Pestis was the cause of the whole thing. They would bite the black rats and then the black rats would spread the lice.

The plague began with swelling of the lymph glands in the groin, neck and armpits. These swellings or buboes grew to the size of an egg. Dark splotches appeared on the skin along with boils oozing pus.

People would often become so delirious due to the fever that came with the plague that they would shout and gyrate crazily in a type of dance, which became known as the dance of death.

In 2013 there were 783 cases of the plague worldwide and 126 deaths. In 2015 there were 4 people killed by the plague and 16 cases total.

With the technology advancing, we should have a strong cure to prevent this disease, but we still don't exactly have one.

There has been several attempts to make a good vaccine, but the all come wit major side effects. Recently Chopra has been working on a new vaccine.

The plague was one of the deadliest plagues, but now with technology so advanced, there will be ways to stop these types of things before they cause great damage.

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