The Plague Of Athens Research Paper

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The plague of Athens hit Athens, Greece in 430BC, taking as many as 75,000 to 100,00 people, in its two year life span. Approximately 25% of the city’s population fell victim to this plague. During this time the city was under attack by Sparta so the population had been moved within the city walls. This lead to overcrowding and with the humid temperature, no sewage, and poor water supply, making it easy for any viruses to spread quickly. The death rate of this plague was very alarming, as in the first outbreak there was a mortality rate of 33% and in the second outbreak, a mortality rate of 26% was recorded. A reason why the first outbreak had a higher death rate was said to be because of the humidity. Humid temperatures helped it
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