Today there are still many questions about the Bubonic Plague. Experts have yet to agree on the real culprit behind the human plague outbreaks, but whether people get the disease from fleas, infected animals, or from one another, once the disease becomes airborne, it can generate a public health crisis. A French biologist by the name of Alexandre Yersin, discovered the germ at the end of the 19th century. Today, scientists understand that the Bubonic Plague. The disease is spread by a bacteria called Yersina pestis (History.
com Staff, 2010). With the numerous outbreaks reported in history, could anything really have be done to prevent the Bubonic Plague?The Bubonic Plague started in Europe around 1350. Many people believe the Plague started from infected animals like rats and small rodents. Even though this may be true, people could have prevented the severity of the outbreaks. One of the most common ones being staying away from all human contact. Once you are away from human contact, wash in extremely hot water, change into clean clothes, and burn the clothes you traveled in. Also by keeping a minimum distance of 25 feet from any other human being to avoid catching any pneumonic form spread through breathing and sneezing (Snell, 2014). Another way many people believe the Bubonic Plague started is the lack of sanitation and cleanliness.
This could have also been an easy prevention tactic to aid in preventing the Bubonic Plague. Many people during the early 1300’s would wear the same clothes for many days without changing. You can also use plenty of mint or pennyroyal to discourage fleas. Also, by bathing in hot water as frequently as you can. Many people could have also built fires and stood as close to it as they could’ve(Snell, 2014).The other most common way the Plague was spread was by air.
Once the Plague become airborne there was no stopping the disease. The Plague was extremely dangerous. Only being within two yards of each other was all that was needed to transmit the infection among humans or animals(Filip, 2014). The only that would have been helpful to prevent the Plague in this time would have been stay home. If you did have to go outside you could have burnt your clothes. Also, you could have stayed where you was until six months after the most recent nearby outbreak.In conclusion, in whatever way the Bubonic Plague was started, there wouldn’t have always of been a way to prevent the disease. Once the disease becomes airborne there is no stopping this infection.
But there are also many prevention techniques could have been used to help reduce the number of Plague cases. For example, burning your clothing and bathing in very hot water after being out and around people. This would help to reduce the chances of you and your family from contracting the deadly Bubonic Plague.
In today’s world the Plague is still around, so have we really done everything to prevent another outbreak of the deadly Bubonic Plague?