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2 How It Spreads Black death bacteria Bacteria in fleas Passed on to humans through bites DEATH!!!

3 What People Thought Of The Black Death There was loads of different beliefs. People were so scared that they didn’t know what caused it. Some believed that it was God who was angry. Some believed that foreigners or people who had a different religion had poisoned the wells. And some thought that it was the arrangements of the planets

4 Information The Black Death, or Black Plague, was one of the most devastating pandemic (An epidemic that spreads over a very wide area, such as an entire country or continent) in human history. It began in south-western Asia and spread to Europe by the late 1340s. The total number of deaths worldwide from the pandemic is estimated at 75 million people, there was an estimated 20 million deaths in Europe alone. The Black Death is estimated to have killed between a third and two-thirds of Europe’s population. The Great Plague stalked England in It struck London particularly hard – by year's end, some 100,000 people had died terrible deaths.

5 The Story Disease was rampant in the 17th century. In England, people anxiously read the Bills of Mortality, published every week, which listed the number of deaths and their causes. Plague was the most feared disease of all: people died of it every year, and the Black Death pandemic – which had killed nearly one third of Europe's population (20 million people) in the 1300s – still lived on in folk memory. The plague was terrifying because it struck so swiftly. Victims died within days, in agony from fevers and infected swellings. It spread at a horrifying rate, too, and could ravage a town or even a city within weeks. With no cure, the authorities relied on drastic methods to contain it. Many continental countries built large plague hospitals – 'pest houses' – to hold victims, but England preferred cheaper local solutions. Its 'plague orders' decreed that victims should be shut into their own houses and left to die.

6 What People Did To Stop It The people tried desperately to protect themselves. They sniffed herbs and nosegays to drive out the bad air. They fasted and prayed. Apothecaries (Doctors) did a brisk trade in preventative potions and religious and magical amulets. Meanwhile, the Privy Council (there Government) closed inns and lodging houses. Many markets were cancelled and street stalls banned. 40,000 dogs and 80,000 cats were slaughtered. This last move actually made things worse, as the plague- carrying rats were now free of predators.

7 The Symptoms Of Black Death Plague infected flea bites victim. Victim develops fever and pains. Victim feels tired and weak, but finds it hard to sleep Body temperature increases. Victim feels giddy, appears dazed and starts to talk wildly Swollen glands appear in groin, armpits of neck- called Buboes (Boils) Bleeding under the skin causes black,blue or purple blotches Red rash with small red spots appears on Buboes (Boils) DEATH!!!


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