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« on: June 24, 2012, 05:57:46 pm »

There have been three major outbreaks of plague. The Plague of Justinian in the 6th and 7th centuries is the first known attack on record, and marks the first firmly recorded pattern of bubonic plague. From historical descriptions, as much as 40 percent of the population of Constantinople died from the plague. Modern estimates suggest half of Europe's population was wiped out before the plague disappeared in the 700s.[4] After 750, major epidemic diseases did not appear again in Europe until the Black Death of the 14th century.[5] The Third Pandemic hit China in the 1890s and devastated India but was confined to limited outbreaks in the west.[6]

The Black Death originated in or near China and spread by way of the Silk Road or by ship.[6] It may have reduced world population from an estimated 450 million to between 350 and 375 million in 1400.[7]
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