Black Death: A Contagious Disease

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The Black Death arrived in Europe by sea in October 1347 when 12 Genoese trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long journey through the Black Sea. Most people who boarded the boats were either dead or severely ill. Over the next five years the plague continued to kill more than twenty million people in Europe. This was one third of the continent populations Scientists know the Black Death also known as the plaque is spread by bacillus called Yersinia Pestis. They know that the virus travel person to person, pneumatically or through the air. No one really understood why it was so communicable, no rational explanation for this contagious disease. Healthy people tried to avoid the disease as careful as they can be. They didn’t want to die. …show more content…

Once people are infected, they infect others very rapidly. Plague causes fever and a painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes, which is how it gets its name. The disease also causes spots on the skin that are red at first and then turn black. Bad hygiene was one of many reasons why it was not under control. Also keeping the community dirty created a lot of bacteria which could have spread viruses. Obviously bacteria will spread like wild fires if it was that corroded. Keeping the earth clean is very important, keeping the air clean will last us many years. Due to sanitary issue the Black Death spread, we all should learn a little something about this outrage past. Keep the environment clean. Brush your teeth and beware of the monster we all know as the typical

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