The Black Death

The Black Death

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  • The infected rats came on ships that pulled into the port at Messina. 
  • The sickness affected cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens, as well as people. 
  • This plague spread through the air or from the bite of infected fleas and rats. These pests could be found almost everywhere in Medieval Europe. 
  • The disease was also very efficient, people who were perfectly healthy when they went to bed at night could be dead by morning. 
  • First poeple would get swellings on the groin or under the armpits; then they would have other symptoms like a fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, terriblie aches and pains, then death. 
  • Healthy people did what they could to avoid the sick; doctors refused to see patients, priests refused to administer las rites, and shopkeepers closed their stores; many people fled to the countrysides but they still could not escape the disease. 
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