The Black Death, a viral pandemic in England and Europe in the 1300’s, killed 50 million people, 60 percent of the population, and it is regarded as the greatest catastrophe in recorded history. It destroyed a higher proportion of the population than any other single historical event. The disease was carried by fleas and rats, and passed on from person to person.This devastating pandemic wiped out many towns, cities, hospitals and monasteries. Individuals usually only lived 23 days between contact and death. The plague was particularly disastrous in 1346-1353, but returned time and time again through the 1300’s.
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