Black Plague And The Plague

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1,825. The amount of days it took a deadly disease to kill over twenty million citizens of Europe. By the 14th century, the plague had wiped out sixty percent of Europe’s population. Because of its devastating fatality rate, The Black Plague was one of the most devastating pandemics in history. The disease was made famous by the outbreak in Europe, however it did not originate there. The origination of the Plague, History of the Plague, Strains and Symptoms, as well as effects of the Plague are essential ideas, important to understand the Black Plague.
The Black Plague is said to have originated in Central Asia in the early 1300s, according to an article titled ‘Black Death: The Disease’ by BBC. Prior to the most famous instance of the Black Plague in Europe, the disease killed an estimated fifteen million in central Asia. According to an article in the New York Times, by Nicholas Wade, “After much research, it was determined that the Plague disease was caused by the Yersinia pestis, a bacterium commonly associated with rats, but originating from the fleas that were carried by rodents.” As the Silk Road extended to many countries and regions, it was a prime travel route for such a deadly disease. It was predominantly carried by Mongol Armies and traders, and spread by the rodents that infested ships traveling to neighboring regions. Before it struck Europe in 1346, it wiped out many regions such as Mesopotamia, Syria, India, and Armenia. It was a wild spreading disease,…

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