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Plague

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Martina Campbell

on 26 March 2010

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Transcript of Plague

the black death 1347-1351 causes Map symptoms variations Origins The bacteria that causes bubonic plague infects victims through a complex, multistage process:
* Bacteria live in the bellies of fleas, which live on rats and other rodents
* Rats and other rodents infest human habitations, carrying fleas
* Fleas bite humans, transmitting the bacteria more serious forms of the the disease are pneumonic plague, where bacteria is transmitted though the air by coughing and sneezing... and septicemic plague, in which the bacteria attack the victim's blood This scourge had implanted so great a terror in the hearts of men and women that brothers abandoned brother, uncles their nephews, sisters their brothers, and in many cases wives deserted their husbands. But even worse...fathers and mothers refused to nurse and assist their own children.

- Giovanni Boccaccio
The Decameron Name came from the purplish/blackish spots on the skin
also known as the Bubonic Plague
Began in Asia
Followed trade routes Supersititions
- some doctors thought it was caused by the unfavorable alignment of certain planets. Others thought it was carried by "poisonous vapors" released by earthquakes in Asia headache, fever, Chills
black swellings, called Buboes, on neck and joints
Social Upheaval out of fear, some people turned to... witchcraft and magic for cures others saw it as God's punishment they beat themselves with whips to show they repented their sins Population fell
trade declined and prices rose
serfs left the manor in search of better wages
the Church suffered a loss of prestige when prayers failed to stop the plague Pneumonic plague Bubonic Plague Chest pain
fever and chills
convulsive coughing
coughing up blood Septicemic and Enteric are two other types of plague.... but most people died before they even had symptoms Why might the plague have divided rather than unite people? What characteristics of medieval towns might have contributed to the spread of the plague? Questions
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