What caused the Black Death?

  title={What caused the Black Death?},
  author={Charlotte Duncan and Sylvetta Scott},
  journal={Postgraduate medical journal},
  volume={81 955},
For the whole of the 20th century it was believed that the Black Death and all the plagues of Europe (1347-1670) were epidemics of bubonic plague. This review presents evidence that this view is incorrect and that the disease was a viral haemorrhagic fever, characterised by a long incubation period of 32 days, which allowed it to be spread widely even with the limited transport of the Middle Ages. It is suggested that haemorrhagic plague emerged from its animal host in Ethiopia and struck… CONTINUE READING
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