The remains of a 20-year-old woman found in Sweden may help scientists retrace the origin of the deadly disease.
New research seems to vindicate rats as the harbingers of one of the deadliest diseases in history.
It’s always the cute ones – a team of Norwegian researchers found that the Black Plague, which arrived in Europe in the 14th century and wiped out up to 200 million people was brought by gerbils, not by rats.
The black plague, or black death as it’s also referenced, is a deadly infectious disease which killed off more than a third of Europe’s population during the middle ages. The bacteria responsible for the disease has been confirmed by genetic scientists as Yersinia pestis, and recently, building off the research which found this particular strain, German scientists have successfully sequenced
A recent study has shown that the plague spread so quickly that the carriers couldn’t have been rats, as is commonly believed. The black plague, or black death as it is sometimes referred to was a disease outburst so horrible that it killed some 30-60% of the population of Europe. Even to this day, few diseases have been even nearly