The Bubonic Plague 14th Century and the Bubonic Plague 21st Century

The Black Death: buboes, headaches, a fever and chill, etc. Those symptoms sound fun right? Not really. The Bubonic Plague or Black Death hit Europe in the 14th century wiping almost all of Europe’s population. Just thinking about being in 14th century Europe during the Black Death would just suck.

According to Yahoo news, in October of 2015, a girl in Oregon contracted the Bubonic Plague from a flea while on a hunting trip and yes it was that Bubonic Plague. The one from the 14th century. Since this is the 21st century, just a few antibiotics and the girl should be fine. It’s super rare nowaday in the United States to find cases of the Bubonic Plague. This is the year of 2015 so it makes sense that we would have advanced medicine to combat it.

The picture is of a plague victim who contracted the disease. Just take it in: the buboes, the pained look, those random dogs surrounding the guy, and the doctor who’s trying to help him but doesn’t look like he’s doing a great job. I mean finding a cure would be tricky, considering the knowledge of the human body was very limited.

Both the girl contracting the plague and the picture of the man contracting the plague both are tied together. I mean look at it, even though the plague is just extreme rare to find, you can still contract the plague like, 600-700 years from now. But at least you’ll live. The Europeans of the 14th century weren’t as lucky. Like I said a good percentage of them died and some were in comas and were buried alive.

The Bubonic Plague just seems like a distant memory since it’s been at least 600-700 years since the plague wreaked havoc on Europe. You can easily get it today, it just won’t spread like it did back then. I mean yeah, people try to find ways to prevent themselves from getting sick, but finding ways to prevent your way from getting the plague? It’s hard. It’ll just hit you. Even if the risk of getting the plague just seems so slim to none, people need to know that you can still get it.

Now I know a good majority of Minnesotans tend to go hunting as a hobby or a sport. Nothing wrong with that, just make sure you don’t come home with fleas or worse: the Bubonic Plague. No one really thinks twice about getting anything like it since it’s such a rare case to come by in the 21st century. Fleas tend to live on small furry animals, not just rats. Just think, squirrels are cute and so are chipmunks, but fleas live on them and some might even carry the plague. You’ll never know. Unless you get bitten. So next time any of you guys go hunting, watch out.


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