Black Death Information and Facts

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The Black Death was a pandemic that took the lives of millions across the world. The Black Death started in China in 1334, it spread easily through the trading routes all the way to Europe, killing entire towns as it spread. The bacterium Yersinia pestis infects small animals like rats and mice, then the fleas from those animals were able to bite and infects humans causing a pandemic that killed millions of people.

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Once someone was infected their cough could infect others. (Hardman, 2010) The black death was spread so quickly that you might be healthy one day and dead a few days later. It was a horrific death, to say the least. Since it spread and killed so quickly people were unable to remove the dead before becoming infected themselves. (CDC Plague, 2015) The black death is still around today, in June 2018 a 14-year-old boy was diagnosed with the black death in Idaho. (Bever, 2018) Thanks to Alexander Fleming and his discovery of antibiotics the black death is now treatable.

The origin of the black death was from China and Asia, the army of Kipchak Khan Janibeg was infected with the black death while they were attacking the trading port of Kaffa. Janibeg’s army was dwindling from the plague so he decided to catapult the dead bodies of his army into the town to infect them as well. (Encyclopedia Britannica Black Death, 1998) Ships leaving Kaffa carried the plague to Mediterranean ports, infecting places like Spain, Italy, Germany, France and many others. A ship leaving from Calais carried the plague to England and soon the plague was in London where is spread rapidly and then spread throughout England.

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