The Black Plague


This picture shows the deaths caused by The Black Plague

Gabriela Gomez , Jr. Editor

   During ‘The Black Plague’ which had hit Europe in 1347, killing 200 million lives in just four years. It was a devastating global epidemic of Subsonic plague that also struck Asia. 

Scientists Believe the Black Plague arrived in Europe, October 1347, when 12 ships from the Black Sea docked at the Sicilian port of Messina. Once the ship had arrived, many sailors aboard the ship were dead and the ones who were alive were gravely ill and covered in black boils that ooze blood and pus. Soon, they attempted to flee the death ships out of the harbor but it was too late. Over the next 5 years, The Black Death killed over 20 million people in Europe, one-third of the continent’s population.   

The Plague originated in Asia from over 2,000 years ago, and it spread by trading ships but recent research has shown that The Black Death may have existed in Europe as early as 3000 B.C. 

The symptoms caused by ‘The Black Death’ are mainly severe swellings, on the groin or under the armpits, sometimes the size of a common apple and others the size of an egg, these are mainly called ‘plague-boils’.

Luckily, there was an end to The Black Plague. There is a theory explaining how the plague ended through the implementation of quarantines. The uninfected would remain in their homes and only leave when necessary but those who could afford to do so would leave the more densely populated areas and live in greater isolation. 

The Black Plague lasted from 1346 to 1353. Once it had ended, it eventually returned 800 years later, killed with reckless abandon. Luckily, someone did find a cure for the plague and his name was ‘Alexander Yer-sin’. He discovered the plague bacillus in Hong Kong. 

Sadly, the subsonic plague is still a thing. An outbreak of the subsonic plague in China has led to worry that the ‘Black Death’ can make a return but will not be as deadly as it was, thanks to the antibiotics.