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The Black Death was almost certainly caused by microbes of the species Yersinia pestis. This microbe was carried by oriental rat fleas that live on black rats, so all three species had to be around in large numbers. When rats died of the plague, the fleas looked for new hosts, and though they preferred other rats, they were often unable to find them and bit human beings or other animals, which then got sick and often died.

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What is the worst microbe?

There isn't a 'worst one'. There are many, many microbes that can Cause death.

What kind of rat spread the black death disease?

black death was spread by black rats. They were hosts of black death.

Was black death also known as cholera?

No, Black Death and cholera are different. Black Death is Plague.

What had a high death toll the spanish flu or the black death?

the black death

Who had the black death?

black death spread in Europe. black death killed 75 to 200 million people.

Could an animal get the black death?

Yes, an animal could get the black death, many animals did get the black death.

How was the Church impacted by the Black Death?

black death caused people to be angry. Church was blamed for black death.

What type of microbes was in the black plague?

Yersinia Pestis was the microbe responsible for Bubonic Plague.

Why did medieval people call the plague the black death?

The plague was called the Black Death for two possible reasons. It was a bad death, and thus "black." The victims developed black buboes before death and quickly turned black after death.

Is black death the same as malaria?

No, malaria is amosquito-bourne disease and the Plague was carried by rats. They are caused by different microbes too. Although both diseases were spread by insects (fleas for the Plague and mosquito for Malaria.

Is black death contagious?

The Black Death was very contagious.

Was the black death epidemic or pandemic?

The black death was epidemic.

When the black death happened?

the black death started in 1347

Did russia get the black death?

yes, black death was spread in whole Europe. Russia also got black death.

Why was the history of black death called black death?

The Black Death struck Europe in 1348, however the term "Black Death" was not used until the 16th Century, when it was coined by Danish & Swedish chroniclers. "Black" is corresponded with 'terrible' and 'dreadful,' and since the plague was terrible and dreadful (Black) and killed lots of people (Death), it came to be known as the Black Death.

What are four major categories of microbes?

The four major categories of microbes are - Archeae Microbes Bacteria Microbes Fungi Microbes Protists Micorbes

How do phenolics kill microbes?

Phenolics kill microbes by disrupting the cell wall or cell membrane, thus causing lysis of the cell, or denaturing the metabolic enzymes of the cell causing cell death.

What is the lowest temperature needed to kill all microbes in 10 minutes called?

Thermal Death Point

What insect caused the black death?

The Black Death was spread by fleas which lived on black rats.

Where did the black death came from?

The black death came from rat fleas.

Who was not affected by the black death?

People immune to the black death were not affected.

What were the fears during the black death?

What were the fears during the black death?

Which country did the black death originate from?

Black Death was originated from China.

What kind of illness was the black death?

the black death was made by rats

What did people call the black death?

the black death also called the bubonic plague was called black death for the black pustueles that formed all over your body