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What was the Black Death?

The Black Death (also known as the bubonic plague) was a disease that spread across Europe in the 14 century. The Black death brought extreme pain its victims and often killed them within 2-4 days of being infected. In total about 200 million people died across Europe from this disease.The bubonic plague mainly affects rodents, but fleas can transmit the disease to people.Once people are infected, they infect others very rapidly. Plague causes fever and a painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes, which is how it gets its name. The disease also causes spots on the skin that are red at first and then turn black.

How did it start?

It is believed that the black death was started by rodents located in Central Asia. These rodents infected with a disease named Y. pestis and also came along with their flea parasites. The rodent were forced to move from asia due to a natural disaster to their habitat and moved into the cities of europe, especially cities in Italy. These rodents then passed on their disease to humans thus jump starting a plague that would kill millions.

How did it spread?

People used to believe that the disease spread through the air or by sight. This is why people boarded up houses of the sick; so they wouldn't make eye contact. It was also believed that the bubonic plague was spread through thought. Even thinking about the plague could get you infected. We now know these aren't the case, and the disease was spread through getting bit by fleas, mice, or making human contact with an infected person.

Black Death Spreading Through Europe.

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Result of the Plague

The population of london england in 1938 was around 4 million. After the plague had ended it was reduced to about 2 and a half million. In europe, 1 in every 3 people died from it. Among priests, the death rate was higher because they were always called to try and cure the sick, thus causing them to get sick. Churches were not in service for quite a long time because there were hardly and priests alive.