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Andrew Westbrook 28577 Dstoli Essay 2 2282003 AIDS the Bubonic Plague The destruction and devastation caused by the Black Death of the Middle Ages was a phenomenon left to wonder at in textbooks of historical Europe An unstoppable plague swept the continent taking as much as eighty percent of the European population However today the world is plagued with a similar deadly disease The AIDS epidemic continues to be incurable In his essay entitled Bubonic Plague Historical Epidemiology and the Medical problems David Herlihy compares the historical bubonic plague with the current AIDS epidemic of today According to his research AIDS will probably prove to be the plague of the millennium If one compares the epidemiology and social impact of the disease 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 the AIDS originated from monkeys in Africa that transmitted the HIV virus to humans through bites As people migrated it reached Haiti and then spread to America 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 It began in China and spread by migration throughout all of Europe and even America 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 people have developed the disease It is estimated that by the year 2000 more than forty million people ninety percent in developing countries will be infected The Black Death of
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