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The Plague or Black Death was an epidemic disease that occured in the 6th 14th and 17th centuries that killed a total of 137 million people At its worst during the middle ages it killed 2 million people per year From 1000 10 1360 the estimated european population was Year Population 1000 38 million 1100 48 million 1200 59 million 1300 70 million 1347 75 million 1352 50 million As you can see from 1347 to 1352 the population had decreased by 25 million people one third of the population All the people that died from the Plague were placed in empty houses because there was not enough people left in the towns or villages to bury them The Plague was spread by flea infested rats It was not the rat that passed or had the disease it was the fleas The humans would end up with this disease when rats entered their houses and the and the fleas jumped off and then later jumped onto humans Once the flea was on the human the flea would bite them and pass the Plague on The fleas could be passed from rat to human but not human to human Some sources say that the Black Death was named for the lumps that were found on the body and others say that it is from the black rats that spread the disease The scientific name was the Bubonic Plague named for the buboes painful tenderand enlarged lymph nodes that formed on the body Symptoms of the Plague were black and purple spots all over the body usually starting under the arms and in the groin areas The black lumps
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