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Cause of the big plague epidemic of Middle Ages identified

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Interesting post,

Post by parthianbow » Mon October 25th, 2010, 1:18 pm

Rowan, thanks.

I was interested to discover a few years ago that the rat, which is commonly held up to be the agent which spread the disease, was quite likely not to blame in all cases. The scientists in the programmes I saw worked this out by showing, using documented cases, how quickly the disease spread from village to village. In many cases, it moved faster than a rat could - but not faster than a person (with human fleas on board) could walk or ride.

I thought that an excellent use of logic rather than knee-jerk reaction. (I know too that rats can carry Yersinia, and it's likely they did spread the plague in towns etc., but they weren't all bad!)
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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon October 25th, 2010, 5:44 pm

I hate rats regardless, their one of my biggest phobias! I can't stand to look at them period!

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