The Black Death's History

Colton Paeth

Introduction

Many people cower and shake with fear because of this plague. Few are left after it sweeps out entire civilizations. The Black Death is and will continue to be the most lethal plague in existence.

What is the Black Death and how it spread.

The Black Death, also referred to as the Rat Plague, the Great Pestilence, or the Plague. With a death count of Twenty million in five years, it was a plague like no other. So many people were killed that doctors, shopkeepers, and even priests refused to see people. Those who witnessed it thought it was god punishing them for their sins It spread locally by cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, goats, people, and rats. It spread worldwide by ships. But the most common way was by rats. The rat would get bit by a flea, the rat would then poop on the floor, then it would reach you.

Cause of the Black Death, When and where it started, and the symptoms of the Black Death

The Black Death was caused by a parasite called Yersinia Pestis or Y Pestis. Y Pestis traveled the world many times causing the Black Death. It started October 1347 on twelve boats in the Black Sea. The boats were heading to a Silicon port in Europe at a place called Messina. When the boats reached their journey's end, most of the crew was dead. The remnants of the crew had

Famous people killed by the Black Death and the Cure

Some famous people victomed to the Black Death are William Shakespears daughters Margret and Anne who died as babies, his sister Joan, his brother Edmund who died at twenty seven, and his son Hamlet who passed at age eleven. Most of the Byzantine Empire were taken down by the plauge as well. Antibiotics that help aid the cure for the desiese are Streptomycin which treats brain, vision, balance, kidney, and hearing problems, Gentamycin which helps treat serious bacterial infections, Tetracycline which treats urinary, acne, goharrhia, and clamydia, and Ciproflaxacin which belongs to an antibiotic group called fluoroquinolones that treats people exposed to antrax.

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