The Cause And Destruction Of The Black Death

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Since the spread and destruction of the Black Death, also known as the plague, many theories arose for what the cause and reason behind this devastating disease were. The final verdict was that the Black Death was a natural occurrence of disease that was spread through animals. While discussing this more accurate verdict and also discussing the previous verdicts from the time of right after the Black Death had dissipated. The underlying causes and aftermath of this plague has killed over tens of thousands of people, throughout this paper, the Black Death will become clearer to some, or may even change the minds of others. The Black Death, a wide spread infection or disease that killed many, leaving behind nothing but despair, and ashes of those …show more content…
Peasants lived with filth of their own and their animals, and simply just lived in it. Bathing was considered harmful, and garbage was just thrown into the roads outside of the houses. Due to the plague many people fixed their hygiene to steer clear of the spread, although that only helped with a minimal area. They would bathe constantly, they rid the streets of filth, and kept away from nearly everyone that they could. When soon realizing that the plague was not stopping people began to burn the dead in hopes of ridding the area of the disease that the bodies carried. The children’s jingle ring around the rosy had started because of the burning of the bodies. (“The Black Death”)
The true reason behind the plague wasn’t discovered until five centuries after the Black Death, it was discovered by a Swiss microbiologist named Alexandre Yersin. The bacteria is named after Yersin. In 1894 a Japanese biologist, Shibasaburo Kitasato, independently isolated the bacteria and helped devise a cure. Many have argued different reasons for the spread of the Black Death, here are a few accounts from closer to after the plague had dispersed, and researchers tried to find a reason behind the horrific deaths. (Peters, Stephanie
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The plague returned to Europe twelve years after the Black Death had ended and lasted for about a year. This spread of epidemic proportions morality rate was about ten to twenty percent of the population that were still trying to recover from the previous outbreak. After that outbreak had dispersed, seven years later it struck again killing an estimated ten percent of the population. For the next four hundred years this plague had stalked humankind and devastated many areas of populous. Even after the discovery of the bacteria, the plague still roams the earth. The United States is not immune to the plague, and there are reports annually of cases that are the plague. The plague no longer only travels from rats, but from other animals as well. Bubonic plague is usually curable through immediate treatments of heavy doses of antibiotics, but most outbreaks happen in poverty-stricken third world countries where medical facilities with the drugs are often difficult to reach. (Peters, Stephanie

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