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What is an example of a historical pandemic?

There are many examples of pandemics in history. Probably the most famous historical example is the Black Death, or Bubonic Plague, that decimated 14th century Europe. It has been estimated that this outbreak killed over one-third of the population of Europe at the time. Bubonic plague is caused by a bacteria called Yersinia pestis, and was conveyed by infected fleas carried by sewer rats. Death from Bubonic Plague generally resulted from pneumonia and related respiratory failure or overwhelming systemic infection.

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