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Elizabethan health, medicine, plague, sewers, etc.

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Angel Wrinkle

on 14 March 2014

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Elizabethan health, medicine, plague, sewers, etc.
How did the Bubonic Plague start?
The bubonic plague started with rat infected Italian ships that had carried fleas and would bite humans. This disease was affecting many countries in Europe and Asia. It affected millions of people and a lot of them died.
How did the Bubonic Plague spread?
A lot of the spread was because people were moving to stay away from the plague but it was already in them because of they were bitten by the fleas. Also because people had moved from their hometown to other places without the knowledge that they had already had the disease in them.
Bubonic had spread through London. In the winter, middens made up of human and animal droppings steamed with the warmth of decay. In this city chamber pots would be emptied into streets which would only be cleaned up if the rain had come which had pushed it into the rat infested sewers. The Fleet River was known for being a Fleet Ditch & for the reason being is because the rats were in there which was another reason for its spread of infection.

The most common illness during the Elizabethan Era was the Plague, Smallpox, Syphilis, Typhus, and Malaria. The reason for these to be the most common was because they were known to be the worst infections/diseases and they were easy to catch.
Antibiotics weren't invented until the 1800's and it was impossible to cure diseases without them. Doctors usually relied on very easy ways to cure their patients. They would normally use knives, scissors, etc. to perform surgeries that made them more medicine than the original disease. Additionally, most of these instruments were very poorly washed which led to infections transmitted from patient to patient.
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