The Black Death

The black death was a plague that infected much of Europe during the 14th century. It effected many people, killing 65-90% of them. Thanks to antibiotics and vaccines, the plague is not much of a concern to us anymore. But according to this article, there are still some cases of the plague. In 2015, there were 15 cases of the bubonic plague, also known as the black death, in the United States. Four of those effected ended up dying. The CDC says, “The death rate is 16% among patients who have been treated, and between 66% and 93% among those who are not treated”(“CDC:4 deaths…”). Because of modern medicine, the bubonic plague is not a death sentence like it use to be. The plague is transferred by fleas and rodents, just like it was back in 14th century Europe. This article surprised me, because I never think about the plague still being a threat. It is something that is talked about to have had a huge impact in history, but I always thought that it was extinct. It wasn’t something I thought was possible for people to still get. The black death is still something that can be considered a concern for people.

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This article shows a picture of a painting from the middle ages. This painting depicts the black death. There are dead bodies laying out in the streets, with other people around, looking scared. This depiction of the bubonic plague is different from what it is like today. Today there are a very few amount of people that have the plague. There wouldn’t be enough bodies for them to be laying out in the streets like they are in the painting. In modern times, the effected would be located in a hospital, being treated. This painting makes it look like the people are left out in the street to die. This painting shows how bad the black death was. It had effected and killed so many people that they were just left out in the streets to rot. The painting shows how gruesome the black death was to the middle ages.

 

Sources:

CDC: 4 deaths, 15 cases of bubonic plague in U.S. this year

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