It came from the East and swept across Europe. It spared no one. Wealthy and poor, foolish and wise, they all fell before it. When the pandemic was over, famine began. The Black Death, a 14th-century outbreak of the bubonic plague, had altered the course of history.
Fleas, Rats, and Death
Historians estimate that the Black Death killed between
During the Black Death, rats carrying infected fleas were responsible for spreading the plague from city to city and port to port. The plague returned to Europe many times, but later outbreaks were milder. Scientists believe that people grew increasingly resistant to it over time. The bubonic plague remains with us today. In the United States, about 7 people a year contract the plague. Today, however, the disease is easily treatable with antibiotics. We don’t need to fear another plague epidemic like the one that devastated Europe, but precautions are still taken against potential outbreaks of a disease that once destroyed
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Watch the videos below to learn more about the impact of the Black Death, the origins of the pandemic, and the disease’s terrifying symptoms.