Transmission of the plague

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  • The Black Plague started in Central Asia following changes to the land and climate
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  • The bacterium Yersinia pestis carried by fleas on rats carried the plague
  • Mongol armies travelling throughout Asia, down the Silk Road to Crimea spread the disease further.
  • Germ warfare spread the disease to Italian merchants in Kaffa as bodies flew over the parapets
  • The merchants escaped to Sicily in 1347 carrying rats on their boats spreading the disease to Europe
  • The Black Plague  was the world's worst pandemic reducing the world's population from ~450 to ~350 million in 100 years.
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