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					Medieval Diseases

        By: Darius Cal

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Dysentery “the blood flux”

   Dysentery is an infection caused by bacterium or
    amoeba spreading through food or water that has
    been contaminated by contact with human waste.
   Symptoms include: the beginning stages consist of
    fever, cramps, dehydration, and watery stools
   As the disease worsens the symptoms include
    bloody stools, arthritis, and meningitis
Dysentery (cont.)

   this disease was especially deadly to infants
    because of the loss of water and fluids in
    their bodies
   Cities later made arrangements to improve
    the sanitary conditions
Gonorrhea
   Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease
   In males there is a 2-8 day incubation period after which there
    is a burning sensation after urination, and large discharges of
    pus.
   there can also be an inflammation of the prostate.
   In females there is a 2-8 day incubation the woman may not
    know she has the infection at all but if the infection spreads to
    the upper tract it can spread to the bloodstream which can
    cause fever, abdominal pains, and swollen, painful joints
   This was a problem during the Medieval Era because this could
    have caused infertility in both male and female, and if the
    women did have a child, the infection could be transmitted to
    the child, causing blindness
Influenza

   Influenzas an airborne and highly contagious
    virus.
   the virus lasts a few months max but during
    the 15th century it was a major torment,
    especially during the winter.
Influenza (cont.)

   Its symptoms consist of chills, head and
    muscle ache, along with nausea in the first
    couple of days. 1-5 days later the symptoms
    persist along with a runny nose, coughing,
    and sore throat. If the virus worsens it can
    lead to bronchitis or pneumonia
Leprosy “lepry”

   Leprosy is a bacterial infection spread airborne or
    through direct contact
   symptoms include loss of feeling on body starting
    with your hands and feet, paralysis, blindness, and
    the loss of limbs
   This infection was worst among the upper classmen
    because the disease needs cholesterol to grow.
    During the time period the lepers were not allowed to
    mingle and interact with anyone but there own kind
Malaria “the ague”

   malaria is a parasitic disease spread by mosquitoes
   symptoms included extremely high fevers,
    headaches, and profuse sweating every 2 -3 days. If
    the infection worsen the spleen and liver will become
    enlarged and can ultimately lead to jaundice and
    death.
   Though this was a continually reoccurring problem
    during the middle ages it was rarely fatal
Smallpox “the red plague”

   smallpox was a highly contagious airborne virus
   the symptoms included headaches, blistering rashes
    filled with pus, and possible Hemorrhages on the
    lungs
   the fatality of this disease varied. If it was a mild for
    you would be okay after about 9 days if it was
    serious it was very fatal. In France during the 1440's
    smallpox may have killed more people than the
    plague
Typhoid Fever

   typhoid fever is bacteria transmitted, like
    dysentery, through food and beverages that
    has had contact with waste
   symptoms include high fever headaches,
    Diarrhea, weakness and abdominal pains. If
    the infection got really bad it could lead to
    pneumonia. coma, and intestinal hemorrhage
Sources

 La Belle Campagne “Medieval Disease”. 19
  Feb. 2008
<http:www.labelle.org/top-disease.html>.
  Internet
 Reference Encyclopedia 2008ed.
<http:www.reference.com>. Encyclopedia

				
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