Bubonic Plague

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In October of 1347, Italian merchants were sailing to the Black Sea from a trade route in China. The shipmates were struck by the plague and soon it had spread throughout Europe (The Middle Ages, 2006). Many scholars have suggested that merchants and army men had rats in grain sacks or fleas on clothing which is how the plague moved from the Silk Road to Europe (Byrne, Pg...
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The first stage of the bubonic plague produced flu like symptoms following a high fever. In the second stage, black bulges (buboes) emerge near the armpit and black spots appear all over the hands and feet. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and coughing up blood. Reports showed that there were some individuals who developed the buboes internally and can only be seen after an autopsy...
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