Bubonic Plague Introduction to Health and Disease HCS 245

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Bubonic Plague Introduction to Health and Disease HCS 245Bubonic PlagueThe bubonic plague seems to refer to an era long passed. Associated with the filthy living conditions of industrial Europe in the 14th century its beginnings are centuries prior in the Roman Empire. The Plague of Justinian is the first well documented pandemic of the bubonic plague and "it killed up to 10,000 people a day"("Bubonic plague," n.d., 1). When the plague struck Asia and Europe "an estimated 25 million people"("Bubonic plague," n.d., 2) were killed. No specific races or ethnicities are more or less susceptible to the bubonic plague. Populations exposed to poor living conditions in overcrowded areas with little to no sanitation to remove waste are still at higher risk of contracting bubonic plague. Bubonic plague is a worldwide population risk. Describe the disease.Bubonic plague is a bacterial infection caused by Yersinia pestis. This disease attacks the lymph system, especially the groin and armpit areas, causing painful swelling to the affected areas. The swollen lymph nodes are called buboes, which the name bubonic plague is derived from. The disease can progress into septicemic plague, in

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