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The Black Death was a plague that hit Europe between the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries Europe underwent a dramatic change that involved all socially economic and agriculturally as well The results of this disaster were both good and bad Many people and groups had different views remedies and ideas of causes for this plague The views of the people reflected their society beliefs religion and technology The Black Death was another name for the Black Plague This epidemic struck with full force in 1348 It killed off hundreds of thousands of people nearly half of Europes population The lower estimate is 25000000 people The people killed were of all classes sexes and ages Although most victims were peasants and lower class people the rich who tried to flee were also infected It is estimated that the Black Death killed more people than have all the wars ever fought By the 1300s Europeans faced great crop failures Famine was the end result Every European was prepared to face extreme hunger at least once in their lifetime an average of 35 years The most densely populated areas experienced the greatest hunger such places were the industrial ones These places in turn faced overpopulation economic depression famine and very poor living standards Conditions like these together made the people of these areas extremely vulnerable to bubonic plague Bacteria generally cause the Black Plague but spread through the bite of a flea which bit an infected rodent such as a rat or squirrel Once bacteria gets into a person it is further spread by mucus droplets from coughing sneezing and wheezing The symptoms would be high fever swollen lymph nodes rash change in blood pressure tumors in the groin or armpits septicemia and pneumonia The most popular symptom was discoloration of the body before and after death These symptoms were extremely painful If not treated which was virtually impossible at the time 80 percent of
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