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Black Death (pandemic)

Black Death (pandemic)

  • Context: Researchers have claimed that the bubonic plague was originated in modern day northern Kyrgyzstan around 1338-1339.
  • DNA from plague bacteria has been identified in graves from 1338 in Kyrgyzstan, and these pathogens appear to be the ancestors of those that caused the Black Death (Bubonic plague).
  • The geographical origin point of the plague has been a debatable topic since centuries. The Black marks that appear on the plague victims’ body, makes this disease called as ‘Black Death’.

  • Researchers agree that the Black Death, was caused by bacterium Yersinia pestis and was spread by fleas that were carried by rodent hosts.
  • The onset of symptoms was followed by intense fever and vomiting of blood, where the victims died within 2-7 days.

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