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Bubonic Plague (black Death)

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Contagious, often fatal epidemic disease caused by the bacterium

Yersinia (syn. Pasteurella) pestis, transmitted from person to person or

by the bite of fleas from an infected rodent, especially a rat; produces

chills, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and the formation of buboes.


South African shrubs of the genus Agathosma, especially A. betulina and

A. crenulata; the leaves are used as a mild diuretic and provide an

aromatic oil used for flavoring.