Bubonic Plague Just mention the name and you will send shivers down the spine
of many people. There is no doubt that this disease was deadly. Deadly and gruesome to
watch. The death rate was 90% for those exposed to the bacterium. It was transmitted by
the fleas from infected Old English black rats. The symptoms were clear: swollen lymph
nodes (buboes, hence the name), high fever, and delirium. In the worst case, the lungs
became infected and the pneumonic form was spread from person to person by coughing,
sneezing, or simply talking. From the time of infection to death was less than one week.
There were three major epidemics - in the 6th, 14th, and 17th centuries. The death toll
was 137 million victims. As a result, the plague is considered to be the worst epidemic of
Black Death Plague is a term applied randomly in the Middle Ages to all fatal
epidemic diseases, but now restricted to an acute, infectious, conta...