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BC: Katie Mengel | Cara Rocchino | Katie Mengel Katie Mengel is a thirteen year-old that goes to Eyer Middle School. Some of her interests include social studies, soccer, music, and hanging out with her friends. | Cara Rocchino Cara Rocchino is a thirteen year that goes to Eyer Middle school. Some of her interests include learning about history, being around her friends, and listening to music.

FC: The Black Death | By: Cara Rocchino & Katie Mengel

1: Author's : Katie Mengel and Cara Rocchino Publisher's : Katie Mengel and Cara Rocchino | Eyer Middle School 2011 | The Black Death

2: The Black Plague was spread from fleas that came from rats. The fleas would then infest the rats blood. When a rat dies the fleas fled to another rat, but if there was not a rat near, the flea would then bite a human. Since the plague is an infectious disease, it spread. | The plague also spread from an infested Mongol ship. In 1346 the Mongols started a biological warfare by throwing plague infested bodies into the city of Caffa. The Mongols did not know that every port they went to spread the disease. | Russia | The flea was also known as the Xenopsylla cheopis.

3: Symptons | Chills, high fever that often caused delirium, and swelling of the lymph gland nearest to the bite. | The plague took about six days to show any signs. | Buboes- An Inflamed, tender swelling of the lymph node especially around the groin or armpit.

4: Journal Entry | February 13, 1346 I finally got the news today. The Pestilence reached my country a few weeks ago. London, poor London. It's suffering greatly. I am trying to hang in but it is becoming very tough to stay sane under the conditions that I am in. I still can not believe how fast this plague is spreading. This is horrible, just horrible. This day has been one of the worst days of my life.

5: Proveglia Island | Proveglia Island, also called the Island of the Dead. | Victims of the plague were brought to Proveglia Island to be isolated from the rest of Italy. Bodies of victims were burned here, but they say that their restless souls still remain. | Proveglia Island | To this day no one goes on this island in fear of disturbing the dead. Even tourists are not aloud to step foot onto Proveglia Island. This island is also said to have been formed out of the bodies that have been burned there.

6: Poveglia Island | In 1922 a psychiatric hospital was built on the island. A doctor lived on the island and spent most of his time in the bell tower doing different experiments on the patients. In the eight years of the hospital's existence, many of his patients complained of harassment by ghosts. The doctor mocked these as delusions, and performed lobotomies upon his patients to exorcise the ghosts. All he did was create more ghost unfortunetly.

7: Going. Going. Gone... | After all of his experimenting on his patents and failing at finding cures for their diseases, he committed suicide by jumping off the bell tower. The doctor will also occasionally appear in the area of the bell tower, at which point his ghost is much less controlled and far more violent. Under the influence of the bell tower, he goes wildly insane, prone to uncontrollable laughter and screams, and frequently throws himself from the top, disappearing into silence before he hits the stones.

8: The last thing victims would see before being dropped off at Proveglia Island is the doctor's mask. The mask resembled a bird because of the beak like nose. The nose piece was stuffed with different herbs to "filter" the disease. The doctors did not want to catch the disease, so they would also burn herbs on the boat, on there way to Proveglia Island. | Black Death Doctor | Doctor's Mask

9: Sorrel | Sorrel was a middle age herb, that was thought to treat the black death disease. | Sorrel is still used today in modern food recipe. | Sorrel herb | Unfortunately this herb did not work. They, also used the herb for other medical uses.

10: Febuary 26, 1347 Today, I found out that my dearest friend has been affected by the plague. The doctors are taking precautions but are burning Sorrel to try to cure him. I do not think the Sorrel will help him at this point, but I will give him my prayers. | Journal Entry

11: A Great Fire | In 1666 a great fire in London, England devastated the City. | This may have been a reason for the end of the epidemic.

12: Bibliography | McGowen, Tom. The Black Death. New York: Groller, 1995. Print. Pirotta, Saviour. Health and Medicine. London: Franklin Watts, 2006. Print. Zahler, Diane. The Black Death. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century, 2009. Print.

13: Europe Aftermath... | The effect that the Black Plague had on Europe was horrible. It hurt their population. It killed about the one-third of the population of Europe. In Florence, Italy it killed between 45% and 75% of the population in a single year. Venice, Italy the plague killed about 60% in eight-teen months. The economy was not doing much better during this time. It suffered from all the deaths of the peasants. Since they were dieing, there became less and less farmers which meant less food for everyone. Also it made it harder to trade with different the countries. After the Black Plague the peasants stopped farming. The peasants were free from their lords. They celebrated almost everyday. They did not want to be reminded of the tragic event that caused so many deaths.

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