Symptoms of the Bubonic Plague
By: Kyle Ott
How did people get the plague?
The plague was caused when an infected rodent (such as a rat) or a flea bit someone. While it could spread from person to person, it was common to come from these infected animals. This is why the plague spread so fast and lasted for so long. The plague effects people's immune systems.
The main symptoms of the Bubonic Plague include: fever, headaches, weakness of your body, chills, as well as some muscle pain or soreness. Some of these symptoms are fairly common, making it hard to know if you have the plague or not. During the Middle Ages, a large amount of people in Europe felt these symptoms and it was not uncommon for the plague to spread to them. Another common symptom was swelling in different areas of the body and a rash. A common area of swelling occurred in the lymphatic gland or in the neck or armpit areas.
Danger of the Plague
During the Middle Ages, the Black Death caused around 1/2 to 2/3 of Europe's population to die. It was dangerous just to walk outside of your house because of the chance of getting the plague. Death due to the plague can occur within 24 hours of someones first symptoms. Usually it would take 3-7 days for people to take notice of their symptoms. Today, only about 50% of the people with the plague survive from it.