A Plane Ride Away:
The Threat of The Plague
TITLE: A Plane Ride Away: The Threat of Modern Plague
a. Brief History
i. Eyewitness Quote from Boccaccia
ii. Devastation of 14th Century Europe
b. No longer dormant
c. Thesis: Though the Black plague was prevalent in history past, it is by no means extinct. The bubonic plague is still a threat to our modern world and has physical, economic and global consequences. II. Body - Middle Age and Modern consequences
a. Physical characteristics and consequences
i. Middle Ages
1. Physical symptoms
2. Fatality rate – near 100% and untreatable
a. Superstitious remedies
1. Treatable, but if untreated, still fatal
2. But new strains are resistance to antibodies.
b. Economic consequences
i. Middle Ages
1. Too many sick to bury the dead
2. Too many sick to work the fields
3. Peasants more on equal footing because of the need for laborers. ii. Modern
1. Biological warfare effects on economy
2. Global – spread along trade routes if it reaches the pneumonic (airborne) form c. Global Consequences
i. Middle ages
1. Spread to the known world along trade routes
2. Art of the Renaissance reflected the impact of the Plague. 3. As a result of later epidemics, the need for a World Health Organization was developed. ii. Modern
1. Top four countries: Madagascar, Tanzania, Vietnam and Peru. 2. The dilemma – kill the rats, and the fleas will find new hosts. 3. It can be spread along travel (vacation or trade) routes much more quickly. III. Conclusion
a. The bubonic plague is still a threat to our world and has physical, economical and global implications. b. WHO continue to track
c. Caution in international travel.
“It is a wondrous tale that I have to tell: if I were not one of many people who saw it with their own eyes, I would scarcely have dared to believe it, let alone to write it down, even if I had heard it from a completely trustworthy person.” These words, spoken by Italian eyewitness Boccaccio, are in regard to the bubonic/black plague that obliterated Europe in the fourteenth century. Boccaccio recounts the pandemonium and chaos that ensued amid the rapid transmission of this plague just prior to the Renaissance. Friends and family turned against one another – abandoning one another in search of safety. Others, who took a more doomsday approach, thought that since they would die anyway, they should eat, drink and be merry (as well as loot and steal). Though the Black Plague was prevalent and destructive in history past, it is by no means extinct. The bubonic plague is still a threat to the modern world and has physical, economic and global consequences. The bubonic plague has physical consequences, the gravest of which, is death. In Medieval times, there was no treatment and so the death rate of those infected was nearly one hundred percent. One historian writes: “No disease in recorded history has carried the totemic power of plague. No disease has erupted with such violence and with such brutal efficiency, nor remained so poorly understood for so long. It was plague that destroyed one-third of Europe's population during the Black Death of the Middle Ages; plague that swept through London in 1665; plague that killed some ten million Indians in the first two decades of the 20th century” (Marriott 42). And the black death of the past was no respecter to gender, race, trade or socioeconomic status. It touched all strata of society. Clearly, history has proven the devastating effects of the bubonic plague so that even today when it is mentioned, people seem to cringe. The symptoms of the bubonic plague are painful swellings of the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm or groin area. These lumps are called Buboes. Because the blood vessels hemorrhage and break under the skin, dark blisters and blotches would appear on the skin. This is where the nickname, “Black Death” or the Black Plague...
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