Black Death Comic Strip - Gabby

Black Death Comic Strip - Gabby

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  • So Mia, how did the Bubonic Plague start again?
  • 500 years after the plague - scientists working in 2011 confirmed that Yersinia Pestis was the cause of the Black Death by DNA.
  • But Jack what was the symptoms of the black death?
  • The first sign of the black death were large bulges or lumps that appeared on the skin, usually in the groin, in the armpits or on the neck.
  • The Bubonic plague was transmitted by fleas with plague bacteria in their stomachs, fleas were carried by rats, when a rat died from the plague a flea would jump onto another warm blooded host including humans.
  • So James, where did the Bubonic plague originate?
  • Historians vary over when the plague first originated. Some believe that it was first announced over 3000 years ago. It was definitely present in Roman Empire around AD 550 - it caused many deaths. It is thought that the plague also had its origins from Southern China in the 1320s.
  • Many theories suggest why the plague began to spread westwards, from the Mongolian region to Europe
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