A flea, having ingested plague-infected blood from its host, can live for as much as a month away from that host before he needs to find another warm body to live on.
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Maybe he experienced nausea, vomiting, back pain, soreness in his arms and legs. Soon they turned black, split open, and began to ooze pus and blood. Another form, Plague, attacked the victim's digestive system, but it too killed the patient too swiftly for diagnosis of any kind.
Then chills and fever, which left him exhausted and prostrate. They were hard, painful, burning lumps on his neck, under his arms, on his inner thighs. And he would die barely a week after he first contracted the disease. The victims of Pneumonic Plague had no buboes, but they suffered severe chest pains, sweated heavily, and coughed up blood. Victims of Septicemic Plague died the most swiftly, often before any notable symptoms had a chance to develop.
He would suffer great pain before he breathed his last. This sickness would befall when the contagion poisoned the victim's bloodstream.
Everything that came out of his body smelled utterly revolting. There would be blood in his urine, blood in his stool, and blood puddling under his skin, resulting in black boils and spots all over his body. Because after the lumps appeared he would start to bleed internally.Medieval Europeans had no way of knowing any of this.The causes of plague were not discovered until the late nineteenth century.Plague is carried by rodents like rats and squirrels, but it is transmitted to humans by the fleas who live on them.