The Black Plague in the US


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1720. The Great Plague in Marseilles,, This image is not downloadable. Contact us for the high res. (Photo by: Photo12/UIG via Getty Images)



In the 1300’s a terrible plague broke out in China.  This plague was believed to be the cause of rodents but, fleas could have also transmitted the disease to humans.  The plague was very contagious.  Some of the effects of the plague were a fever and turned your skin black.  It also caused swollen lymph glands called buboes which is named after the Bubonic Plague.  The plague then reached Europe by merchants exchanging with China.  People in England called it the Black Death because of the black spots it produced on the skin.  In about 5 years this plague killed 25 million people.  That’s one third of Europe’s population.  This was a very very scary disease that killed so many people but we are glad it’s over.  But there was recently a reported Bubonic Plague in 2015.  In Colorado the Plague hit many people giving the same symptoms as the Black Death.  The majority of the plague has been recorded in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.  Hearing this and seeing how many people died in Europe I would be terrified but, further research says it’s not a death threat.According to the CDC the United States has reported seven annual plague cases.  Fortunately, this plague can be treated with antibotics and modern medicines.  Back in Medieval Europe, they didn’t have antibotics or good medicine so back then it was a very big deal but now, it is a big deal but treated correctly can not be a big threat.  Looking at these two articles, one can see how terrible this plague was and could still possibly be if not treated properly.  With our modern medicine it is not as big of a threat but still could be and should not be taken lightly.


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