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How long did the Black Plague last?


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Answered 2012-08-02 23:11:31

It started in 1346 and ended in the 19th century

The Black Death (also known as the Black Plague) was a plague (most likely bubonic) that swept across Europe between 1347 and 1351. It is estimated that over 75 million people died of the Plague while it was in Europe and Asia.

As with most potentially fatal diseases, after everyone has been exposed to the illness the survivors will fall into two categories: those who came down with the illness and recovered and those who have a natural immunity.

After the Bubonic Plague ran it's course, people had either built up an immunity because their systems had successfully fought off the disease, or they had a natural immunity. Either way, that particular disease became far less visible.

In Medieval England, the Black Death was to kill 1.5 million people out of an estimated total of 4 million people between 1348 and 1350. No medical knowledge existed in Medieval England to cope with the disease. After 1350, it was to strike England another six times by the end of the century. Understandably, peasants were terrified at the news that the Black Death might be approaching their village or town.

The Black Death is the name given to a disease called the bubonic plague which was rampant during the Fourteenth Century. In fact, the bubonic plague affected England more than once in that century but its impact on English society from 1348 to 1350 was terrible.

The Black Death was caused by fleas carried by rats that were very common in towns and cities. The fleas bit into their victims literally injecting them with the disease. Death could be very quick for the weaker victims.

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