News Display: The Black Death
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 03/01/2017
Uploaded: 04/07/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Black Death, Bubonic Plague, Epidemic, health education, Health Promotion, Medieval History

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Description/Abstract: News Display: The Black Death, Monday, 3/20


The Black Death or Bubonic Plague dates back to March 20, 1345 when, according to scholars at the University of Paris, there was "a triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius." This deadly disease left 50 million people dead from a bacterium transmitted by the fleas of rats. Flu-like symptoms, severe swelling of the lymph nodes (neck and jaw), and bruising were symptoms that appeared abruptly. The Black Death spread across countries in Europe and Asia and it resurfaced to a lesser extent again in the 1700s. Desperate cures included vinegar and water treatment, lancing the buboes, bleeding, diet, sanitation, homemade medicines, even witchcraft. Today, the disease is still present in the world, including Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Peru, and some cases in the United States. Antibiotics, oxygen, intravenous fluids, and respiratory support are generally given within 24 hours of diagnosis.

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