Symptoms and Transmission

  • John Aberth
Part of the The Bedford Series in History and Culture book series (BSHC)


Although we do not know for certain what caused the Black Death, its symptoms most closely resemble those of the modern disease known as plague, which scientists attribute to the bacterium Yersinia pestis. Scientists gained a unique opportunity to study the symptoms and transmission of the disease during the third pandemic of 1894 to 1930.


Fourteenth Century Yersinia Pestis Revisionist Historian Bloody Sputum Pneumonic Plague 
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