THE BUBONIC PLAGUE Known as the Black Death was on the world’s most devastating breakouts ever.
START % ENDING Originating in the Gobi Desert, but it was officially recorded in Europe in the 6 th century and lasted until 14 th century.
POPULATION The disease truly became pandemic in 1328 - the medieval period of the history of the world. During this period a third of the world population died.
CHINA’S DEATH RATE China suffered horrendously from the 1328 outbreak with their population dropping from 125 million to 90 million during just the middle half of 14th century.
EUROPE’S DEATH RATE The illness moved to Alexandria in the Autumn of 1347 and within 6 months of the initial outbreak 1000 people were dying every day in that city alone. Two months later the toll in Cairo was exceeding 7500 people who were dying every day
HISTORY of the PLAGUE One such episode occurred in Athens Greece, in 430 B.C.E., and another occurred in Egypt, Persia, and Rome a century later. Some historians believe these lethal outbreaks were caused by the same disease responsible for the Black Death—the bubonic plague. Other historians, though, note some differences between the symptoms observed in the ancient episodes and those reported during the fourteenth century
GROWTH of the DESEASE The growth of international trade and military invasions later provided the opportunity for diseases to spread rapidly from one population to another. Smallpox and measles came first, both causing high mortality within populations that had not previously been exposed. Bubonic plague arrived in force in the sixth century C.E., raging throughout most of Arabia, North Africa, Asia, and Europe. The death toll from what became known as "Justinian's Plague" was even greater than that of the previous epidemics..
OTHER DISASTERS The fourteenth century suffered an entire catalog of catastrophes, including earthquakes, fires, floods, freezing weather, nauseating mists, and crop failures— all of which did not even seem to slow down the incessant warfare and banditry.
SPREAD of DESEASE Yersinia pestis infects rodents, producing blood poisoning. Fleas that feed on the dying rodents carry the highly toxic bacteria to the next victim—perhaps a human.
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