The Black Plague

           From a recent article called Black Death is Back: Second Plague Death Reported in Colorado, we can see how the Black Death is still relevant today. It tells us about the scary reality of the plague still causing deaths and affecting lives. In the article from National Geographic Plague, The Black Death we get a sense of the history of the plague. We can clearly see through these articles how the plague has evolved and how treatments and prevention have increased.

The Black Death sounds like something that is outdated and ancient. One of those diseases from 1200 and that’s no longer relevant. Well, unfortunately, that is not the case. The Black Death was perhaps the most infamous pandemic. “It reached Europe in the late 1340s, killing an estimated 25 million people. The Black Death lingered on for centuries, particularly in cities. Outbreaks included the Great Plague of London (1665-66), in which one in five residents died” (National Geographic). http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/033/cache/plague-painting_3338_600x450.jpg The Black Death did not stop there.

There have been four reports of the plague in Colorado this year, 2015. Two of these humans have died from it. Prior to this, there had not been death reports of the Black Death plague since 2013. There have also been reports in California after a child was camping and became infected with the plague. Also in New Mexico, a women’s death way suspected to be as a result of the plague this past July.

Colorado, New Mexico, California, those states seem far away. I mean none of them even border Minnesota. Why it should matter though to fellow Minnesotans, or anyone for that matter, is because people and animals travel. Who knows who might have come in contact with an infected person and who that person came in contact with and so on. Now, I’m not intending to be pessimistic or scare anyone. The reality is, everyone should do their best to be healthy. That means washing hands and foods, as well as being weary about what animals they might contact.

Contemporary Source:  http://www.healthmap.org/site/diseasedaily/article/black-death-back-second-plague-death-reported-colorado-81615

Primary Source: http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-diseases/plague-article/

Savanah Stifel

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