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10 Facts You Should Know About ‘Black Death’ Plague Now In Africa- WHO Warns

 

 

 

The other eight nations incorporate the Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, France’s La Réunion, the Seychelles and Tanzania.

This trailed a current flare-up in Madagascar in September 2017.

From that point forward, the WHO has been worried that the sickness will spread –  124 individuals passed on and 1 133 individuals were tainted.

The WHO expressed that the ailment can be dealt with in the present day with anti-microbials, yet in the fourteenth century this infection was as yet in charge of causing 50 million passings crosswise over Europe.

Bubonic plague is an infection of the lymphatic system, pneumonic plague is an infection of the respiratory system and septicemic plague is an infection in the blood stream.

While bubonic plague is transmitted to humans via fleas living on rats, pneumonic plague is the most virulent and least common form of the plague and can be inhaled and transmitted between humans without involvement of animals or fleas.

It occurs when Yersina pestis bacteria infect the lungs and cause pneumonia and, without treatment, it can kill within 24 hours.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms include sudden fevers and chills, headaches, body aches, weakness and shortness of breath, chest pain and cough, sometimes coughing up blood and blood in the sputum.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics are effective in the treatment of plague, and should be started as soon as possible to prevent complications. The antibiotics used for treating plague include tetracyclines (such as doxycycline), fluoroquinolones (such as ciprofloxacin) and amingolycosides (including streptomycin and gentamycin).

 

Here are some more facts about this disease

  • The pneumonic plague, which was spread via the coughing of infected people, had a death rate of 100%.
  • In the 14th century it killed almost two-thirds of the inhabitants of northern Europe – mostly within three or four days of the time of infection.
  • In 1347 the inhabitants of Genoa shot burning arrows at a naval vessel returning from war in the Crimea known to have Bubonic plague on board.
  • It spread nevertheless and, in four years, killed 75 million people in Europe, often more than half the population of a given country.
  • It was called the “Black Plague”, because of the black discolouration of toes and fingers as a result of coagulation of the blood in these body parts.
  • No one knew then what caused it. However, it turned out that fleas were spreading the plague from infected rats. But for many years people believed that the disease was spread by filthy air. Often household pets or rats were the first to die – they were blamed for this disease, which lead to the killing of many pets as a (useless) preventative measure.
  • The other two types of plague are pneumonic plague (which was also rampant in the 14th century) and septicaemic plague.
  • Bubonic plague is the most common form of plague. It occurs when an infected flea bites a person or, in rare cases, when material contaminated with the Yersinia pestis bacterium enters through a crack in the skin.
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