There Is No Way to Stop the Planet-Wide Spread of the “Black Death”

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by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

The Black Death is thought to have originated in the dry plains of Central Asia, where it then travelled along the silk Road, eventually reaching Crimea by 1343. From that point, it was most likely carried by Oriental rat fleas   living on the black rats that were regular passengers on various merchant ships. Then this “Black Death” spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe.

The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of Europe’s total population. All together, the plague may have reduced the population of the world from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century. The world population, as a whole. did not recover to pre-plague population levels until the 17th century. This was largely due to the fact that the plague recurred as outbreaks in Europe until the 19th century. Now, humanity is looking at the potential for a similar scourge. This is not a statement to made lightly because the devastation lasted over 300 years. The most amazing thingg about the spread of the pathogen, was that the enormous number of victims, as well as the vast geography that the disease covered, was accomplished without the aid of carriers spreading the disease without modern air travel.

A Pathogen Like No Other

The disease cannot be eradicated, thus leaving a feeling of helplessness among humans seeking to eliminate the plague. Writing for The Conversation, Professor Allen Cheng, infectious disease expert at Monash University, described the airborne plague as “unusual” due to the number of cases reported in major cities. Cheng stated “It’s not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence.”

The plague has spread to at least 10 nations, probably more. As healthcare officials scramble to treat patients, experts believe the highly lethal bacteria may evolve to become resistant to antibiotics leading to “eternal” plague outbreaks. Enter Paul Martin, as he presents a much more dire picture based partially upon the fact that humans have so overused antibiotics that the use of antibiotics will accelerate the severity of the pathogen as well as the spread.

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