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Causes and Treatment of Bubonic Plague

Bubonic Plague was first recorded in 6th century during the byzantine empire. The most miscreant and devastating episode of the plague was “black death”, when it killed almost quarter population of Europe. This plague is caused due to a rod shaped bacteria called Yersinia pestis. It is spread through rodents, lice, fleas and sharing clothes with infected person.

The symptoms of Bubonic plague are swollen and painful lymph nodes. These swollen lymph nodes are called buboes. The other two forms of bubonic plague are pneumonic and septicemic. If left untreated the person may die in 3-7 days after getting infected. This disease also spreads through prairie dogs.

The bacteria is prominently found in armpits, groin and neck. Though rare, it can also spread from one human being to another. Antibiotics like streptomycin, gentamicin, doxycycline, aminoglycosides, doxycycline and tetracyclines tetracycline are prescribed for treating Bubonic Plague.If promptly treated a person can completely recover from this plague.

Here are a few precautions to be taken when there is an out break of Bubonic Plague in your locality:

  • Use pennyroyal and mint to discourage population of fleas in your locality.
  • Kill the rats and burn their corpses, as rodents are major carriers of the plague.
  • Keep at 25 feet distance from a human being already infected with Bubonic Plague.
  • Donot travel to the plague affected areas.
  • Treat your clothes with mint and pennyroyal.
  • Avoid contact with cats and dogs as they are get infections easily from fleas.

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