Black Plague Essay

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The Black Plague spread from Asia into Europe in the mid fourteenth century and killed millions along its path of destruction. Europe suffered greatly from the Black Plague. However, economically Europe would change forever, and bring about a new age for the peasants. Trade, war, and other contacts between Europe and Asia caused the plague to spread and in 1347 the plague hit Sicily, ItalyThe Black Plague is commonly mistaken for being one pandemic. When in actuality the Black Plague was different diseases. The pneumonic plague was spread by fleas on rodents. (Xenopsylla cheopis) A flea would feed on an infected rodent and then jump to another host, thus spreading the infection. With in a week the body's ...view middle of the document...

The third most common plague is the septicemic plague occurs from contact with animals carrying the virus. The septicemic plague is often depicted in literature with victims carrying large black patches on their skin. Fever, swelling of glands and black patches on the skin are all common symptoms of the septicemic plague.The Black Plague has largely been used in literature throughout the ages. References to it can be found in such works as "The Masque of the Red Death" written by Edgar Allen Poe, which has been speculated to be related to the septicemic plague and Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, in which a person travels back in time and ends up in 1348 England. Also in direct reference is The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson, which shows an alternate time destroyed by the Black Death which breeds a world without Europeans and Christians.We tend to think that the Black Plague is not with us today, but in all actuality it still exists. While the most common carriers are rats, squirrels have transmitted the disease in advanced western civilizations, such as the United States. The last European outbreak occurred in Russia from 1877-1889 in rural areas near the Ural Mountains and the Caspian Sea. To stop this outbreak the people adapted better hygiene and isolated victims. During this outbreak there were approximately 420 deaths. The most recent reporting of the plague was in May 2006 when a rodent carrying the disease was found near the Natural Bridges about 40 miles west of Blanding in San Juan County, Utah.The Black Plague has influenced many aspects of our history and is the source of great literary masterpieces. Collectively, the plague killed 200,000,037 people

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