It was absolutely devastating, some would consider it to be the worst outbreak ever and the few that do not, have no idea what it did to Europe. The Bubonic Plague or the Black Death is till known today as one of the worst disasters to ever happen not just in Europe, but in the entire world. At the time before the plague, Europe’s population was about four hundred million people. After the four years of the Black Death, Europe was down to about three hundred and fifty million people. This plague was absolutely devastating to all of Europe.
The Bubonic Plague, otherwise known as the Black Death was a raging disease. Most people thought of it as the physical Grim Reaper of their town or community. The disease lasted about six years, 1347 to 1352. The Bubonic Plague was a travesty that has traveled throughout Europe and has raged and decimated both large and small towns, putting Europe through a lot. The disease spread through a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis.
The Black Death Every year millions of people die. People die either from natural causes or from another source like murder. Cancer and AIDS are the number one diseases leading to death in the 21st century. (Jueneman 1) However, they have not always been the leading diseases. Around as early as 542 AD, a deadly disease broke out in Constaniople and quickly spread around the world within a few hundred years.
The Black Plague The Black Plague was one of the worst and deadliest diseases known to man in the history of the world. The Plague originated in Italy and quickly spread throughout Europe killing more than one hundred thirty seven million people. Early treatments for the Plague were often bizarre but eventually came in a vaccine and through isolation. The symptoms of the Black Plague were swellings called buboes and dried blood under the skin that appeared black. The Black Plague changed the world in several different ways.
Rats were a common sight in the cities, due to the poor sanitary conditions, so no one suspected them (www.tartans.com). In the winter the plague seemed to disappear, but only because fleas were dormant then. Each spring, the plague attacked again, killing new victims (www.byu.edu). The effects of the plague were devastating. After just five years, twenty-five million people were dead - one third of Europe's population.
(Gottfried141-144). It was too late. The rector fleas on the rats had already made it on shore, to bring death to millions in Europe for the months and years to come. (Gottfried 141-144). This disease was a conglomeration of bubonic, pneumonic, and septicaemic plague later to be called the Black Death .
The Black death lingered on for centuries, particularly in cities. In it's two year run in Europe, though were the most devastating pandemics the world has ever seen. It was known or guessed that the plague was originated in the areas of Central Asia, where trade was popular in a place known as the Silk Road. As people would trade commonly along the Silk Road, it was common for rats to stow away in cargo and also hide among the filth. It was discovered or guessed that Oriental Rat Fleas actually infested Black Rats, which constantly traveled on Merchant ships actually stowed away on several voyagers going to Europe, where the disease spread like wildfire due to the hygene responsibilities of the time.
The rich always managed to have enough food, while the poor didn't. After the plague, things changed. The rich and the poor were both dying of this terrible disease. The social classes that survived the plague, rich and poor, had to come together and find new ways to survive. This left all social and economic aspects of life in the 13th and 14th century in Europe at a stand still killing 25% of Europe's population.
It's hard to imagine just how frightening life was in the Middle Ages during the Black Death. By the time the disease ran its course, it had killed a minimum of about one third of the population in Europe and there’s a good possibility that it had killed even more. It is quiet an understatement to say that the plague was very brutal. There were hundreds upon thousands of people dying each day. In rankings of how bad the Black Plague actually was, it is number one and has gone down to be the worst plague to every hit anywhere in all of the world.
“The epidemic ravaged the population for the next five years, killing more than 20 million people in Europe, almost one third of the continent’s population” (Plague, 2). Yersinia Pestis is a bacterium found in fleas that can be transferred to host rats and can eventually be spread to humans. Antibiotics, immunizations, and other medical treatments weren’t available during the Middle Ages, so there was not ... ... middle of paper ... ...scoveries were made despite the adversary faced by the people, particularly in the medical field. The generations following the age of the plague have benefitted, to an extent, from the goodness that has stemmed from such an evil. Works Cited Carmichael, Ann.