The Bubonic Plague and the disturbing parallels to its sypmtoms, and the way of life it forced upon people and the children's song Ring Around the Rosy.

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The Bubonic Plague


The Bubonic Plague, better known as the Black Death, killed 25 million people in 5 years. It started spreading around the year 1000 AD. It got worse and worse until 1352 AD. Then it would reoccur in small outbursts until about 1600. It is still found today though it is rarely deadly, and rarely even found.

Symptoms and Other Such Things

There are multiple symptoms of the Bubonic Plague. The biggest and most immediately noticeable one is an onset of chills, fevers, rashes that start out red then turn black, and enlarged lymph nodes.

The bacterium that causes all this is called, Yersinia Pestis. It is carried by fleas that are in turn carried by most wild animals as well as some household ones. One of the most dangerous things about the Plague is it's rarity. It is so rare that many doctors wouldn't recognize it right away.

However, if discovered soon enough it is very easy to cure. The nurse just needs to give you some heavy duty antibiotics for a week or two and that'll be that.

Some Disturbing Statistics

The Black Death has killed countless people. However estimates have been made.

It is estimated that, in the first summer the disease was in England, the disease wiped out 15% of the population. That was about 31,159 people dead because they didn't know how to take a bath. Sad isn't it? I like pie... Overall 610 million people died. That's still a lot but back then, that was over half the population of the world.* Fortunately, we have much better control of it today. Cases are very rare. There are around 160 cases a year, and 23 fatalities.

How the Bubonic Plague Got it's Name etc...

The plague gets its name...