The Great Fire Of London Essay

1379 Words May 11th, 2016 6 Pages
In the 21st century, people never hear about massive plague outbreaks in the world thanks to modern medicine. However in the 15th century, the bubonic plague was a highly contagious diseases that started out with symptoms of a cold but led to death. With unadvanced medicine, the hundred thousands of people infected could not be treated. Many times over the course of history in Europe and Asia, thousands of people lots their lives in the massive wipe outs that were caused by the bubonic plague. The plague was already on the decline around September of 1666 when the Great Fire erupted. The Great Fire killed bacteria that ended major plagues in London because the fire destroyed plague ridden houses and burning is scientifically proven to kill bacteria. The Great Fire of London freed London of the plague of 1665 and prevented other plagues in the future by destroying the architecture and minimal sewage system in the city.
A plague can be spread by airborne disease or fleas. In this cases of the 1666 plague, it was spread by fleas carried by primarily rodents. Also when dogs and cats were killed because citizens believed that they were the reason for the plague, the rat population increased. Scientists suggest that with the increased population of rats, their fleas would not infect humans because they were already attached to the rat. If a plague is caused by airborne disease it is most likely caused by poisonous vapors in the air, or air pollution. Many plagues have stormed…

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