What is an example of an historical epidemic?

There are many examples of epidemics in history. Probably the most famous such example is the Black Death, or bubonic plague, that decimated fourteenth-century Europe. It has been estimated that this outbreak killed a third to more than a half of the population of Europe at the time. Bubonic plague is caused by a bacteria called Yersinia pestis and was conveyed, in this particular case, by infected fleas carried by common sewer rats. Death from bubonic plague generally resulted from pneumonia and related respiratory failure or overwhelming systemic infection.

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Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease

Infections are caused by viruses, bacteria, mold and other organisms and lead to conditions like flu, chicken pox, pneumonia, sore throat, rashes, malaria and other ills. An infection occurs when these germs attack the body, causi...

ng it to respond with antibodies and white blood cells to defend itself. Preventing infectious disease involves eating a healthy diet, getting proper exercise to keep the body strong, and keeping clean by washing hands regularly.

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