The Black Death
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...black plague, comprised of the outbreaks of bubonic and pneumonic plagues, deva d the population of Europe between the s of 1348 and 1350. In just these two short years, 50 percent of the European population had died of this disease. 1 Carried by fleas, the bubonic infection took two days to one week to manifest, and, once it did, the victim displayed lymph node swelling in the armpit, groin and neck. This was accompanied by high fever, bleeding, headaches, delirium, vomiting, stupor and loss of motor control. Death would come three to six days after the onset of symptoms.2 The bubonic plague was not universally fatal, as 10 to 40 percent of its victims recovered. 3 Not so the pneumonic...