Bubonic Plague: a brief history of changes to current situation in Brazil


  • Jucier Gonçalves Júnior Universidade Federal do Cariri - UFCA
  • Maria do Socorro Vieira dos Santos
  • João Vitor Cândido Pimentel
  • Cláudio Gleidiston Lima da Silva




black plague, pandemic, Yersinia pestis


Plague is a globally distributed, zoonotic disease caused by the bacterium  Yersinia pestis. With recurrent epidemics since the Antique, the plague ravaged the population, producing demographic, political, cultural and religious incommensurables effects. The major clinical forms of plague are bubonic, pneumonic, and septic. The signals and symptoms include fever, chills, general malaise, buboes, may evolve to septicemia, meningitis, hemorrhages, disseminate intravascular coagulation, shock and, not rarely, death. It can occur, still, lung infection (pneumonic form of the disease), with severe respiratory condition, fever, dyspnea, also leading to death.

Author Biography

Jucier Gonçalves Júnior, Universidade Federal do Cariri - UFCA

Faculdade de Medicina


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