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WHAT WAS THE BUBONIC PLAGUE

Thursday - December 13, 2018 3:54 pm , Category : Fun Facts

WTN- The bubonic plague is a fatal disease carried by fleas that infested rodents. In 1347 , it reached Europe from Asia and Wreaked havoc. The characteristic symptom was swelling of the lymph nodes, also called buboes (hence the name) .The disease was also known as the“ black death” , referring to the dark sores that covered the bodies of victim before they died.

The Black Death of Europe. One of the most widespread outbreaks of plague in history , decimated populations during the 14th century. This fearful pandemic killed more than 20 million people in Europe and reduced the population there by at least one-fourth. Outbreaks caused hysteria. In some places, Christians blamed Jews for the plague and attacked them.

In the long run, Europe proved remarkably resilient. Those who survived the Black Death lived to seek a better existence. The primary method of treatment for the plague was isolation and these measures that evolved into higher quality hospitals and medical treatments. The ensuing labor shortage meant workers could command higher wages, and their standard of living rose. By 1450 kingdoms such as France , England  and Spain – where lslam gave way to Christianity –were gaining strength politically and economically and would soon wield power around the globe.    

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