Zika Virus Vs Black Death Essay

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The transition from Medieval Europe to the Renaissance and beyond was not easy. Death and loss of power were the results of events such as the Black Death, the downfall in economy was also involved, but in the end it resulted in the discovery of new things. You can relate all of these changes to a modern event, known as the Zika virus. The Zika virus, which has recently invaded the United States, is a disease which has many of the same characteristics as the Black Death.
When the population changes, government adjustments are often a result. During the Black Death, disease spread and killed many people of different ages, wiping out a good amount of the population. “Some communities escaped unharmed, but in others, approximately two-thirds to three-quarters of those who caught the disease died. Before the bubonic plague ran its course, it killed almost 25 million Europeans and many more millions in Asia and North Africa." This shows a decrease in population during the Black Death. The plague infected and killed many people. Comparing this to the Zika virus, which is a modern event that is changing parts of the world, you can draw both similarities and differences. "Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that spread Chikungunya and dengue. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and they can also bite at night. Mosquitoes become infected when they bite a person already infected with the virus." The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, and the Black
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By comparing the Zika virus to the Dark Ages, it is evident that many conflicts result with similar endings. The Black Plague, the 100 Years War, the Renaissance, and other events consist of several issues like population changes and economic changes that result in the discovery of new technologies and other advancements. All of these issues tie together the modern day problem of the Zika virus with these specific events or time periods of the
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