Essay on Summary : ' Black Death '

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Black Death
-The bacterial disease that atrophied Europe between 1347-1351, taking an equitably greater amount of life than any other known epidemic or war up to that point. The Black Death is broadly thought to have been the result of infection by the bacterium Yersinia pestis.
5 Facts:
• Many doctors believed that bad smells could force out the plague. Therefore, treatments for the disease included applying feces and urine, and other substances that were much more likely to spread disease than to cure it.
• Y. Pestis utilized the flea by blocking its digestive tract. The flea tries constantly to feed, but the blockage causes it to vomit bacilli into its host. When the host perishes, the flea and its offspring pursue a fresh host, infesting people when necessary.
• Y. pestis causes three varieties of plague: bubonic plague, caused by bites from infected fleas, in which the bacteria moves to lymph nodes and quickly multiplies, forming growths, or buboes; pneumonic plague, a lung infection that causes its victim to cough blood and spread the bacteria from person to person; and septic emic plague, a blood infection that is almost always fatal.

• Nearly no one thought the omnipresent rodents and fleas could be responsible.

• The efforts to find treatments for the pestilence started the momentum toward development of the scientific method and the changes in thinking that led to the Renaissance

• Plague continues to survive in the modern world, with Y. pestis foci in Asia,…

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