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The Bubonic Plague of the Middle Ages versus the AIDS Epidemic of the Later 1900s The destruction and devastation caused by the Black Death of the Middle Ages was a phenomenon left to wonder at in text books of historical Europe An unstoppable plague swept the continent taking as much as eighty percent of the European population along with it Forsyth However Today the world is plagued with a similar deadly disease The AIDS epidemic continues to be incurable In an essay written by David Herlihy entitled Bubonic Plague Historical Epidemiology and the Medical Problems the historic bubonic plague is compared with the current AIDS epidemic of today According to his research AIDS will probably prove to be the plague of the millennium Herlihy p 18 If one compares the epidemiology and social impact of these diseases they prove to be quite similar The current AIDS epidemic has the potential to be the most dangerous and destructive plague of the millennium No one knows exactly how the AIDS virus erupted However one presently dominant theory states that AIDS originated from monkeys in Africa that transmitted the HIV virus to humans through bites Forsyth As people migrated it reached Haiti and then spread to America Clark p 65 The bubonic plague too was a spontaneous epidemic The Black Death occurred because a bacillus was carried by fleas that fed off the blood of humans and transmitted the deadly bacillus in the process Packer It began in China and spread by migration throughout all of Europe and even America Forsyth Efforts to contain both diseases were entirely unsuccessful AIDS is now an international problem as was the bubonic plague Like the bubonic plague did in the Middle Ages AIDS is spreading at an alarming rate In 1994 seventeen million people around the world were infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS and four million had developed the disease Packer It is estimated that
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