The Bubonic Plague And The Disturbing Parallels To Its Sypmtoms, And The Way Of Life It Forced Upon People And The Children's Song Ring Around The Rosy

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The Bubonic PlagueIntroductionThe Bubonic Plague, better known as the Black Death, killed 25 million people in 5 years. It started spreading around the year 1000 AD. It got worse and worse until 1352 AD. Then it would reoccur in small outbursts until about 1600. It is still found today though it is rarely deadly, and rarely even found.Symptoms and Other Such ThingsThere are multiple symptoms of the Bubonic Plague. The biggest and most immediately noticeable one is an onset of chills, fevers, rashes that start out red then turn black, and enlarged lymph nodes.The bacterium that causes all this is called, Yersinia Pestis. It is carried by fleas t ...view middle of the document...

However estimates have been made.It is estimated that, in the first summer the disease was in England, the disease wiped out 15% of the population. That was about 31,159 people dead because they didn't know how to take a bath. Sad isn't it? I like pie... Overall 610 million people died. That's still a lot but back then, that was over half the population of the world.* Fortunately, we have much better control of it today. Cases are very rare. There are around 160 cases a year, and 23 fatalities.How the Bubonic Plague Got it's Name etc...The plague gets its name from the Lymph Nodes it infects. Those specific nodes are called the Bubboes. See the similarity? Bubboe/Bubonic? Good! You most likely remember singing the song "Ring Around the Rosie" when you were a kid. Little did you know that when you sang out as loud as you could in your high Chipmunk pitched voice that you were singing about the direst diseases to strike mankind!Parts of the songSymptoms/things to doRing around the Rosie.Either the red rashes or the swelling lymph nodesPocket full of posies. People would put flowers in their pockets to ward off the smell of all the rotting corpsesAshes, ashes we all fall DOWN!We all dieI feel that at one point, there was more to this song and that parents probably taught it to their children so that they knew to stay away if they saw someone like that. Thus ends my report. Please don't ask me to do another because this one has already wasted a whole 3 hours 26 minutes and 38.29 seconds. I'd rather run a marathon...


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