Also known as the Great Plague, the
Black Plague, or simply the Plague.
Who gets the disease?
Nobody was safe from the plague, old and young, men and women: all of society
– royalty, peasants, archbishops, monks, nuns and parish clergy. Both artisan and
artistic skills were lost or severely affected, from cathedral building in Italy to
pottery production in England. There were shortages of people to till the land and
tend cattle and sheep.
What is this disease?
Black Death: The Medieval black plague that ravaged Europe and killed a third of
its population. Once a person is infected with bubonic plague, symptoms can
begin to show in as little as a few hours or after as long as 12 days. As the
bacteria causes infection in your lymph nodes, you may suddenly develop a high
fever, between 103 and 106 degrees, which is usually accompanied by chills, as
well as bad breath, coughing, vomiting of blood and foul body odor.
Where does this disease exist?
The plague is most commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar,
areas which account for more than 95 percent of reported cases, according to the
CDC. Madagascar often sees the highest numbers of bubonic or black plague
cases worldwide, about 600 infections annually.
When was the last Black Death...