Black Death, Not Quite Gone

I found a news article on CNN about an outbreak of the plague in Madagascar in January of 2015. There were 119 cases and at least 40 deaths. My primary source is an excerpt of The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio in which he talks about the plague when it broke out in Florence. Something that the news article should bring to mind is that even though something is considered “history” doesn’t mean it still doesn’t exist today. I had never given the Black Plague a second thought when I had first learned about it, I thought that it was gone and that it wouldn’t affect my life today. So something that both of these sources should make you think about is that even though something is history doesn’t mean it won’t affect your life in one way or another and many people have died and suffered from this disease and we shouldn’t take that lightly.


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