Conditions and Diseases
Black Death (Plagues)

How did the rats get the black death and not die?

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2009-07-31 01:31:09

They did die. After they were infected by the fleas that were

the original carriers, they got sick. They transmitted the virus

inadvertantly through the food they nibbled off of in humans'

pantries. Humans would eat this food and get infected with the

black plague. Towards the end of their lives, as the virus

progressed, the rats would go a tad loopy and bite humans,

therefore directly transferring the virus to humans. The rats then

died. Other creatures would feast on the rat's corpse and be

infected. The cycle continued.

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