Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rats Exonerated in Black Death?

Everything you learned throughout school is a LIE. New evidence from skulls unearthed from a mass Black Plague victim grave beneath London suggest the plague may have been airborne to have spread so rapidly. That means that in no way could it have been a bubonic plague, which is spread by the fleas on infected rats. Scientists argue that the Black Death was pneumonic, not bubonic, meaning it was spread dirty-human-to-dirty-human. Rats, who have been taking the Black Death blame for over 650 years, may be cleaner than we all thought.

Four skulls excavated tested positive for Yersinia pestis, the same bacteria which is responsible for both bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Dr. Tim Brooks, expert in infectious diseases from Public Health England, says the bubonic plague "cannot spread fast enough from one household to the next, to cause the huge number of cases that we saw during the Black Death epidemics.” Brooks believes the plague may have started as bubonic and soon morphed to pneumonic, traveling by way of coughing or sneezing. “In a small number of people, before they die, the organism will spread to their lungs and they will then develop a pneumonia. It is that critical switch, that if there were enough people in contact with them, that allows it to spread as a pneumonic plague,” Brooks says.

The incubation period for the pneumonic plague can be as little as a day and many would be dead within 24 hours. Don Walker of the Museum of London Archaeology says, "The pneumonic version was more lethal. There was no chance of recovery. You could argue they died quicker and in less pain.” Walker also suggests that the infamous buboes were not a result of the pneumonic plague.

Rats who have been considered solely responsible for the outbreak can now blame unhygienic people who simply did not cover their mouths. Sorry rats, we luff you.

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