When was the Black Plauge?
#21149. Asked by Dark Man. (Aug 04 02 1:53 PM)
The Black Death 1347 - 1350 Culprit: Oriental Rat Flea |
The Black Death came in three forms, the bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic.
Each different form of plague killed people in a vicious way. All forms were
caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. See:
The London Plague of 1665
The Black Death. In the year 1665 death came calling on the city of London. Death
in the form of plague. People called it the Black Death, black for the colour of
the tell-tale lumps that foretold its presence in a victim's body, and death for
the inevitable result. The plague germs were carried by fleas which lived as
parasites on rats. Although it had first appeared in Britain in 1348, the islands
were never totally free of plague, but it was like an unpleasant possibility that
people just learned to live with while they got on with their business. This time
it was different. See:
The Great Plague of London (1664-1666) was an outbreak of bubonic plague that
struck London and was particularly violent during the hot months of August and
September of 1665. In one week, 7,165 people died of the plague. The total
number of deaths was about 70,000. See:
I guess it really doesn't matter what you call them, the fear the two outbreaks
caused are no different than the fear Ebola outbreaks cause today, and if the
truth be told, we are really no better at stopping them now as we were then.
We have been able to contain them a little better so far, but all it takes is
for one person to get on an international flight, unknowingly with the disease
and the 'Dark Ages' will seem like child's play.
Throw Anthrax and biological warfare in the mix, and I'd take my chances with
fleas and rats any day.
mk2norwich says: |
Do you mean black death, or bubonic plague? This was a highly infectious, fatal disease spread by the fleas of infected rats. See: http://www.byu.edu/ipt/projects/middleages/LifeTimes/Plague.html
Sun Aug 04 11:23:30 CDT 2002 (Delete Entry)
....Forgot to mention the infamous London epidemic, which occured in 1665.
Sun Aug 04 11:27:36 CDT 2002 (Delete Entry)
(Reposted as one entry - McG)
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