You heard of the Black Death, we all did. You know the history from 1347. We have a bit of an issue here, it’s 2019, and we are still dealing with the bubonic plague. Right now, 28 people from China are under quarantine. Does this mean that the disease is back?
What is this plague?
This plague is also known as the Black Death, and it killed about 60% of the population of Europe in the 14th Century. There are two types, pneumonic and bubonic. The bubonic plague is the most common out there, and it has symptoms such as chills, fever, vomiting, nausea, and weakness. But is it contagious?
The plague can only be transferred from an infected animal or a flea to a human being.
Can it be treated?
When it comes to the bubonic plague, there’s a chance of 30% to 60% mortality rate if untreated. You will die if you don’t diagnose it or treat it. Antibiotics can help a person get healthy again.
Is the Black Death plague back?
It didn’t really leave. The bacteria is known to originate in Yunnan, in the south-west of China, where it is endemic. The opium trade routes caused the third global outbreak in 1894, but ever since then, it has been rare. Statistics show that between 2010 and 2015, there were about 3,248 cases around the world. 584 people out of them died from it.
Madagascar, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Peru are right now the most endemic countries, but sometimes cases appear in the west. In the US. Rural westerners often get it – around 7 cases every year. The latest deaths happened back in 2015 when the Black Death claimed four people.