Black Death (Plagues)

What were the symptoms of the Black Death?

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May 02, 2018 12:28PM

· The Black Death came in three forms, the bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic. Each different form of plague killed people in a vicious way. All forms were caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. · The bubonic plague was the most commonly seen form of the Black Death. The mortality rate was 30-75%. The symptoms were enlarged and inflamed lymph nodes (around arm pits, neck and groin). The term 'bubonic' refers to the characteristic bubo or enlarged lymphatic gland. Victims were subject to headaches, nausea, aching joints, fever of 101-105 degrees, vomiting, and a general feeling of illness. Symptoms took from 1-7 days to appear. · The pneumonic plague was the second most commonly seen form of the Black Death. The pneumonic and the septicemic plague were probably seen less then the bubonic plague because the victims often died before they could reach other places (this was caused by the inefficiency of transportation). The mortality rate for the pneumonic plague was 90-95% (if treated today the mortality rate would be 5-10%). The pneumonic plague infected the lungs. Symptoms included slimy sputum tinted with blood. Sputum is saliva mixed with mucus exerted from the respiratory system. As the disease progressed, the sputum became free flowing and bright red. Symptoms took 1-7 days to appear. · The septicemic plague was the most rare form of all. The mortality was close to 100% (even today there is no treatment). Symptoms were a high fever and skin turning deep shades of purple due to DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation). According to Dr. Matt Luther, Vanderbilt University Medical Centre "The plague often caused DIC in severe forms, and DIC can be fatal. The picture above demonstrates what DIC can look like. In its most deadly form DIC can cause a victims skin to turn dark purple. The black death got its name from the deep purple, almost black discoloration." Victims usually died the same day symptoms appeared. In some cities, as many as 800 people died every day.
the common symptoms were swelling bumps thet appeared on the armpits, neck or the groin. it also included gushing of blood from the nose which was known to mean instant death. the bumps then spread throughout the body. black or purple spots appeared everywhere througout the body. it was either a few large spots of many little ones. these also meant certain death.
You get black and blue spots, and eventually die (soon after).
The first symptoms are flu-like signs - sneezing and fever. The person also develops lumps and boils - usually under their arms.

Day 1: The victim will grow large bumps, up to the size of an apple, called buboes. They will also start to develop a nasty odour.

Day 2: Victims will vomit and start with a nasty fever, from 38-41C.

Day 3: Dark blotches will appear under the skin. Some say this is caused by bleeding.

Day 4: The plague will attack the nervous system and the victim will suffer spasms.

Day 5: Usually the victim will die on around the fifth day, but in some cases, the buboes burst, releasing a pungent black liquid. If they burst, the victim would have a chance of survival.


1. bubonics or things growing on ur skin

2. coughing out blood

3. fever

4.less body strenth

5. breathing problems
During the black death the symptoms would develop over a period of 5 days.

Day 1: Painful Swellings Called Buboes Appeared In The Victim's Armpits And Groin. These Were Usually About The Size Of An Egg , But Could Sometimes Be As Big As An Apple.

Day 2: The Victim Vomited And Developed A Fever.

Day 3: Bleeding Under The Skin Cause Dark Blotches All Over The Body.

Day 4: The Disease Attacked The Nervous System. This Caused The Victim To Suffer Spasms. The Victim Was In Terrible Pain.

Day 5: Sometimes The Buboes Burst And A Foul-Smelling Black Liquid Oozed From The Open Boils. When This Happened The Victim Usually Lived. However, In Most Cases The Victim Suffered A Painful Death.
There is a little tune from the popular childrens t.v show "horrible histories" about the black death symptoms and the main bit was # first you feel a little queezy and then you start to swell, then you start to spit some blood and then you really smell, and then you know it's time to ring your funeral bell and along come mr. Death, and swishes you to hell #
The symptoms of the Black Death are;

having buboes,sweating,high temperture,chest pain,coughing blood,swelling up,going pale,being sick,going to the toliet,coughing,difficultey on walking and that is all i know.
first they had huge swellings then vomiting and fever then bleeding under the skin had spasms and sometimes the swellings burst and a foul smelling black liquid would ooze out.

  • Dark swellings in the armpits, legs, neck, or groin (buboes)

    very high fever

  • delirium
  • muscular pains
  • bleeding in the lungs
  • mental disorientation
  • Growing tired
  • vomiting and coughing up blood
  • Usually lasts between 5 and 10 days
  • Death (in most cases before the 1900's, it is possible to recover easily from it now).

1. Fever (You Feel Unusually Ill)

2. Headache (And Maybe Some Spots Under The Arms And The Inner Thighs)

3. Vomiting, Pain And Spitting Blood Maybe As Well As Blood In The Urine

4. Spots Gone Really Big (Size Of An Orange) And It Is Really Painful

5. Your Body Is Shut Down And the Spots Are All Over Your Body You Cant Stand It And YOU Could Die Quick Or You Gonna Have 2 suffer All This Things...

Then The Person Dies And Pus will come out

Its Something Like that

God Bless You,

Child Of God

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