What is the Bubonic Plague? • The Bubonic Plague, otherwise known as the Black Death, mainly effects rodents. • It can be transmitted to humans by fleas as well. • It can cause fevers , chills, painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes (shown in the picture to the right), stomach pains, and a cough.
When did it take place? • The Bubonic Plague started in the early 1330s. • It occurred in China. • By the following August, it had spread as far north as England, where people called it the Black Death.
How do you get it? • The plague is the most common result of being bit by an infected flea. • The flea leaves hundreds of bacteria around the bite site, which gets circulated through the lymphatic system. • It can infect the lungs causing secondary pneumonic plague, which is a very severe type of pneumonia cause by the same bug.
Treatments • There are 2 antibiotics that can be used as treatments. • Streptomycin inhibits the growth of bacteria and stops it from making protein. • Gentamycin fights bacteria in the body, but can cause damage to the kidneys.
Is it still occurring? • The Bubonic Plague still occurs today, but mostly in unclean places. • This doesn’t mean that people living in clean places are prevented from catching the plague. • It can still be transmitted through flea carrying animals as in dogs, rats, and cats.
This presentation was created by Nikki Hester, Katelyn Ramsey, and Savannah Lenoir!!