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Bubonic plague

Bubonic plague is one of three types of bacterial infection caused by Yersinia pestis. Occasionally the swollen lymph nodes may break open.

The three types of plague are the result of the route of infection: bubonic plague, septicemic plague, and pneumonic plague. In the bubonic form of plague, the bacteria enter through the skin through a flea bite and travel via the lymphatic vessels to a lymph node, causing it to swell. Diagnosis is made by finding the bacteria in the blood, sputum, or fluid from lymph nodes.

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www.youtube.com Great documentary on the Bubonic plague, caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. The disease ran rampant in Europe between 1348-50 with estimations detailing the death toll between (75-200 million).

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