Black Death ‘spread by humans not rats’ – study reveals

Black Death ‘spread by humans not rats’ – study reveals

By Keshala Dias

Jan 16, 2018 | 12:23 pm

A study reveals, rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death.

The study was carried out by a team from the universities of Oslo and Ferrara.

The study, published on Monday in the journal PNAS, points the finger at human parasites such as fleas and body lice – for primarily spreading plague bacteria during the Second Pandemic, a series of devastating outbreaks that spanned from the 1300s to the early 1800s.

Researchers from Oslo University created a mathematical model for how people would have died if rats were the villains. But the death rates in nine European cities including London fail to match.

The Black Death claimed an estimated 25 million lives, more than a third of Europe’s population, between 1347 and 1351.

Source: Foreign media