Bubonic Plague

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  • Fleas on infected rats spread the bubonic plague to sailors, who then spread the disease to others.
  • People in medieval Europe spread the disease around, but their bad hygiene made it even easier to pass the plague along. Plus, towns were located very close to each other, allowing the disease to spread like wildfire.
  • Symptoms of the plague could include black boils, exhaustion, fevers, death, and nausea (represented by green skin).
  • Entire villages were wiped out, with it's few survivors traveling to other cities to find work.  There weren't many laborers due to death tool, which led to higher wages. Families isolated themselves and hid in their homes.  Feudal lands were converted to pastures because it required less work than farming.
  • In order to prevent something like the Bubonic Plague from ever happening again, we need to improve our medicines, further research diseases, and use good personal hygiene.
  • The Plague killed around 25 million people during the 5 year outbreak.
  • The plague actually originated before the 5-year outbreak and still exists today.
  • "Ring Around the Rosy" is based on the bubonic plague.  
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