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Causes and Symptoms of the Black Plague
Updated: 5/7/2020
Causes and Symptoms of the Black Plague
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  • Rats carried fleas which had the yersinia pestis bacterium, which was then transferred to humans. This caused the plague
  • If you had the pneumonic plague, which affects the lungs, you would start coughing. The pneumonic plague would kill in 4-7 days.
  • Days 1 and 2: Victims would experience painful swellings and they would vomit and get a fever
  • People would fear anyone who showed signs of the plague
  • Day 3: Bleeding under skin cause dark blotches over the body
  • Day 4: Plague attacks nervous system so the victim suffered painful spasms.
  • Day 5: If the buboes (swellings) burst, the victim would most likely live. If not, the victim would die and pass on the plague to anyone nearby.
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