Lead: Beginning in 1347 Europe was devastated by the Black Death. In some areas, perhaps as much as a third of the population was wiped out.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts

Content: The disease was the bubonic plague which took its name from very painful bubas or boils which grew on the skin of the neck, groin or armpit of its victim. It was caused by a bacillus which often lived in the blood stream of tiny fleas born by migratory black rats. The Black Death came in two versions: the bubonic form by which fleas would jump off the rats and infest, for instance, people's bedding, bite their human hosts and infect them. The other form was the pneumonic plague. It was passed from one human to another through the air or by touch.  

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