The past, present and future of the bubonic plague - Sharon N. DeWitte
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To learn more about Dr. DeWitte’s research and to access several academic articles on medieval plague bioarchaeology and ancient DNA, check out her website.
It has been found that the Black Death is the ancestor to all recent plagues that have occurred on Earth. Check out this link featuring Henrik Poinar where he discusses this research and why it is so important to study diseases of the past. In fact, recent ideas have surfaced that to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, countries may have to use tactics similar to those used when fighting other epidemics. Check out this N.Y. Times article and visuals about this idea.Perhaps by studying diseases of the past, we can better prepare diseases of the future.
How powerful are plagues? Could this happen today? Check out this video link to learn what scientists predict and which factors may allow this to occur.To learn more about how pandemics spread, complete the TED Ed lesson: How Pandemics Spread. Quarantine is a word used to describe isolation during a plague. Learn the history behind the word (it has a lot to do with the Black Plague) by watching this quick TED Ed video: Mysteries of Vernacular:Quarantine
Media coverage of Black Death and Plague of Justinian research can be found via the links below:
To read more perspectives on plague and other diseases, check out the Contagions blog.
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