The Epidemic Of The Plague

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During the time of 1346 through 1353 a mysterious illness had swept through Asia and Europe. This illness killed about 25 million people over the 13 years it was prominent. This deadly illness was then identified as the plague. A pandemic that swept through Europe but originated in China. It was a rodent disease where an infected flea, with the bacteria Yersinia Pestis, would bite the rodent making it ill. The rodent population was starting to die off, due to the plague, resulting in mass quantities of fleas. Since Humans and rats were in such close quarters, and there were fewer rodents around, the flea would jump to human. The way the plague spread was by zoonosis, this is where a disease is transmitted from animal to Human. The plague…show more content…
The last form of plague was the pneumonic plague which infected lungs and cause pneumonia. This was the most deadly form of the plague and would kill the human in one to three days. All three forms of the plague originated from fleas but the severity of the plague varied.
People were dying for the plague in such short times the families of the deceased did not know what to do with the large quantities of bodies. They started digging mass graves. Unfortunately back when the plague was happening, documentation of the mass grave sites was not on the top of the people 's priority list. Now we are looking at the mass graves and trying to analyze what went on during that time of distress. Now archaeologists are looking at the DNA of skeletons in the mass graves. They are testing protein strands from the skeletons to see if there is a positive match if the plague bacteria, Yersinia Pestis.
The mass graves that archeologists are looking at are located in northern Europe, central Europe and southern Europe. Archeologists analyzed the DNA of skeletons from the mass grave sites to skeletons of the same place but a different time period. The findings revealed that the plague may have entered in two waves. Dwight and Wood (2008) compared and skeletons from a Danish town and compared the skeletons to ones that were buried in mass graves in England. The two analyzed
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