The Black Death was very different from the White Plague that saw an outbreak of Tuberculosis, resulting in a vampire panic. Instead it was a disease, which caused flu-like symptoms including fever, weakness, vomiting and headaches. The virus extended its reach by causing sepsis, severe lung infections, pain and coughing.
The Black Death was the deadliest plague in human history, responsible for taking somewhere between 75 million – 200 million lives, causing mass panic for everyone that was anywhere near it.
The Black Death was the second plague ever recorded after the Plague of Justinian. The Black Plague peaked between 1347 to 1351, reportedly wiping out around 50% of Europe’s entire population. A setback that took Europe a reported 200 years to recover from.
A second wave of the plague struck in the 17th century, but according to Biraben, the virus was present throughout Europe for every year between 1346 and 1671, though the 14th century saw the worst of it.
Things got so bad in Italy with the Black Plague that the Venetian government even exiled the infected to an isolated island named Poveglia which is now extremely haunted. Poveglia later became a breeding ground for inhumane medical experiments and a notorious doctor would performed lobotomies and electroconvulsive therapy on the mentally ill.
Plague outbreaks occurred in smaller volume throughout the world until the early 20th century, right around the time the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine was developed.
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