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What disease ravaged and killed a third of Europe's population in the 14th century?
A. The White Death
B. The Black Plague
C. Smallpox
D. The Bubonic Plague

Asked by Bradon, Last updated: Jan 16, 2020

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John Adney

John Adney

Answered Nov 25, 2017

The Bubonic Plague

Bubonic plagueis one of three types ofplaguecaused by bacterium Yersinia pestis. One to seven days after exposure to the bacteria, flu like symptoms develop. These include fever, headaches, and vomiting. Swollen and painful lymph nodes occur in the area closest to where the bacteria entered the skin.

 

John Adney

John Adney

Answered Apr 03, 2017

I believe the answer to this should actually be the Black Death. The bubonic plague is actually only part of the Black Death, which consisted of 3 'plagues' that all stemmed from the same bacteria carried by the fleas on the rats that arrived in Europe via the trading ships. Of those three, the bubonic plague was actually the least fatal. The pneumonic plague (very high mortality rate) and the septicaemic plague (almost always fatal) were also instrumental in the high death toll, so I don't think the answer can be just the bubonic plague.
As sources, I am actually working from memory. I'm a teacher and taught this topic to my students last year, though I did do a quick search, and other sites support this view.
 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

The Bubonic Plague
The Bubonic Plague was carried by fleas on rats aboard trading ships from the East and ravaged Europe for many centuries.
 

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