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Daemon
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The Black Death

The Black Death was a form of bubonic plague that was pandemic throughout Europe, the Middle East, and much of Asia in the 14th century. Thought to have been caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, it killed between one-third and half of Europe's population and at least 75 million people worldwide. Recently, it has been argued that the Black Death was not caused by bubonic plague, at all, but by what? More...
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Must have been some strain similar to Ebola fever, communicable directly from an infected person, without the mediation of fleas or rats (as it is the case with bubonic plague proper).
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But when plague reaches the lungs, it can become pneumonic and spread from person to person, so you don't need rat fleas for transmission.

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All has been looted, betrayed, sold; black death's wing flashed ahead.
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When it becomes pneumonic you need instant medical help or you are dead meat.
Shamshad Ali Afridi
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In Labs Yersinia pestis and Bacillus anthracis are the two most hated bacteria that no one ever wants to encounter.

With Gram and more clearly Giemsa stain this nasty critter takes bipolar staining and hence resembles a safety pin in appearance. It is the only specie of Yersinia that is nonmotile. Its growth as compared to other enterobacteriaceae is slow at 37 deg C and rapid at 30. Colonies may become like fried eggs after 3 days though initially pretty small. Biochemically it is quite inert. Y.pestis produces non lactose fermenting slow growing colonies that are catalase positive, oxidase and urease negative.
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i hope an plague like that never happ againens
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Something new and more deadly will be here. Fortunately we are better prepared and have better means to deal with them.
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Daemon wrote:
The Black Death

The Black Death was a form of bubonic plague that was pandemic throughout Europe, the Middle East, and much of Asia in the 14th century. Thought to have been caused by the bacterium , it killed between one-third and half of Europe's population and at least 75 million people worldwide. Recently, it has been argued that the Black Death was not caused by bubonic plague, at all, but by what? More...


Read The Pillars of the Earth and The World Without End, a sequel by Ken Follett, and you will live through the horrors of plague and the religious insanity, sexual immorality, financial immorality and all kinds of perversity revolving around it... great read!!!!
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thar wrote:
But when plague reaches the lungs, it can become pneumonic and spread from person to person, so you don't need rat fleas for transmission.



Of course, I am no medical expert or professional, but I would like to point out that there are some epidemiologists who oppose the identification of Black Death and plague. Please refer to Theories of the Black Death [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theories_of_the_Black_Death ] in Wikipedia for the brief summary.
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Could really use the black death in those areas where the very sick ISIS people are presently.
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Could really use the black death in those areas where the very sick ISIS people are presently.
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how ugly can he make it terrorizing with site of death so close.
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Black Death Plague Caused by Gerbils

Asian gerbils are to blame for diseases that killed millions, scientists say.


By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they may have solved a centuries-old whodunit: Why did Europe experience outbreaks of bubonic plague over hundreds of years, starting with the Black Death of 1347 to 1353?

Maybe you can blame gerbils in Asia.

The disease is caused by a bacterium that lives in rodents. The general thought had been that once the germ arrived from Asia to kick off the Black Death, it settled into European rodents and periodically jumped to humans until it disappeared in the early 1800s

But now, scientific sleuths are suggesting that the true source of those periodic outbreaks was Asia. Maritime trade may have inadvertently imported the disease repeatedly from its ultimate reservoir, great gerbils and other small mammals in Asia, they suggest.

"I don't think there was any sustainable reservoir in Europe," Nils Stenseth of the University of Oslo said Tueday in an email.

He and co-authors make their case in an article published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Their smoking gun is ancient tree rings that preserve fine-grained records of climate in Europe and Asia. Plague jumps from wild rodents to humans in response to climate shifts, and the scientists looked to see if they could match those shifts to the times of regional outbreaks.

They found no evidence of a European reservoir for the disease. But climate records from Asia told a different story.

The researchers identified 16 possible instances between 1346 and 1837 in which plague might have arrived at a European port from Asia. These events were consistently preceded by climate fluctuations in Asia, as recorded by tree rings from Pakistan, with a lag of about 15 years.

Maybe camels, people and fleas in caravans passing through Asia picked up the germ and started it on its journey to Europe via trade routes, the researchers said.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/02/24/black-death-plague-caused-by-gerbils
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Black Death (2010) the movie.
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Milica Boghunovich wrote:
Daemon wrote:
The Black Death

The Black Death was a form of bubonic plague that was pandemic throughout Europe, the Middle East, and much of Asia in the 14th century. Thought to have been caused by the bacterium , it killed between one-third and half of Europe's population and at least 75 million people worldwide. Recently, it has been argued that the Black Death was not caused by bubonic plague, at all, but by what? More...


Read The Pillars of the Earth and The World Without End, a sequel by Ken Follett, and you will live through the horrors of plague and the religious insanity, sexual immorality, financial immorality and all kinds of perversity revolving around it... great read!!!!

It was a great book!
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