The Black Plague

The virus that killed millions

Why should we study The Black Plague in history class?

It is important to study in history because of the millions killed, the effect it had on society of the time, and the effect it had on the modern world.

How many people did this plague kill?

It is estimated that 50 million people, about 60% of Europe's entire population, died from the black death.

Interesting Facts

Symptoms of The Black Death

Symptoms usually occur withing 2-6 days of being affected. These symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea (bloody), decreased appetite, and tiny broken blood vessels (petechiae.)

Spreading and Prevention of The Plague

The Plague was transferred from rats to fleas to humans and usually not from human to human contact unless one already had the disease. The main reason why the plague took so long to get under control was because of the filthiness of Europe in that time (1346-1353)