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The Scourge Of The Fourteenth Century

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The Black Plague of 14th century Europe was one of the deadliest scourges in history. It struck in 1347 claiming millions of lives in a horrific kind of death, leaving destruction and devastation in its wake. No part of Europe was left untouched by this disease. No portion of society was spared in its horrific effects. Five years later, by 1353, the plague had run its course but it forever changed society as it had once existed in 14th century Europe.
No one knows for sure from where this deadly disease originated. Most Scholars agree that it came out of China. It is there that the first cases of the plague were documented. From China, it spread both by land and by sea. By land the disease ...view middle of the document...

Questions arose as to just how the flea was able to survive the disease and then pass it on to a human being. Additionally, scientists wondered how the plague was transmitted from one person to the next. Scientists now know that the bacteria first invaded rats that were prevalent on ships and on caravans. The process was actually pretty simple. A flea would land on a rat, bite the rat and contract the bacteria through the rats infected blood. The bacteria would multiply in the flea’s digestive tract. Interestingly enough, the flea didn’t die. The toxin form the bacteria blocked its digestive tract. When the rat died, the flea needed a new host. It would therefore land on a human, bite and regurgitate the infected blood into the open wound. That is how the disease spread from rats to fleas and then to people. The cities were ripe for infestation-highly populated, dirty, many living in poverty stricken neighborhoods. The plague was rampant under these conditions.
There were basically three forms of the plague. The most prevalent and contagious was “pneumonic,” originating in the lungs and spread by cough or sneeze. The second and equally horrific was “bubonic” originating in the...

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