Frontier Former Editor

August 30, 2007

Death in Venice . . . .

Filed under: anatomy, dead pool, homeland security, medicine, old times, public health, societal niceties, Venice — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:27 am

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(Mann o Mann, I knew that German short fiction class would come come in handy one day . . . .)

Ancient mass graves containing more than 1,500 victims of the bubonic plague have been discovered on a small island in Italy‘s Venetian Lagoon (see article and gallery)

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13 Comments »

  1. ummm … ick?

    Is the BLACK DEATH the same thing as the bubonic plague?

    Comment by azahar — August 30, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

  2. Pretty much

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — August 30, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

  3. Are the Bodies still infectious – can the grave diggers catch the Plague ?

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — August 30, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  4. I,m pretty sure that you have to catch it through flea bites, but there’s been no reports in the three years since they’ve found them – at least any reports we’ve heard . . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — August 30, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  5. I thought while the bodies were somewhat fresh you could catch the Plague. Interesting. I’m going to have to look that up.

    That pic sort of reminds me of a scene in 300.

    Comment by Stiletto — September 1, 2007 @ 12:16 am

  6. No, seems they cannot catch it now, however, I think it’s believed you can catch it off a rat less than 24 hours dead.

    Comment by Stiletto — September 1, 2007 @ 12:27 am

  7. Now, where else are you going to get lessons in transportation politics and public health? lol

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 1, 2007 @ 12:30 am

  8. Here:

    The disease struck and killed people with terrible speed. The Italian writer Boccaccio said its victims often

    “ate lunch with their friends and dinner with their ancestors in paradise.”

    http://www.themiddleages.net/plague.html

    Gee, what have you gotten me into it? I’m going to be looking at this all night….pretty fascinating stuff!

    Comment by Stiletto — September 1, 2007 @ 12:33 am

  9. True, true, dat very true…!

    Where else would I get inspiration to dig up photos of Plague victims? Thanks for making my very exciting Friday night!

    Comment by Stiletto — September 1, 2007 @ 12:35 am

  10. Fleas were a major vector. Like you noted about the rats, once they died and got cold, fleas left that host to find another or to starve. And once people started staying in their houses – after the initial deaths of the unlucky infected, the outbreaks would peter out in specific places.

    Not that it always did a lot of good . . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 1, 2007 @ 12:38 am

  11. You know, surprised Bush didn’t manufacture a plague and send it to Iraq..would have been much easier, no?

    Comment by Stiletto — September 1, 2007 @ 12:43 am

  12. even a plague has a tendency to come back on you, and god knows what Bush would have done to screw it up.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 1, 2007 @ 12:46 am

  13. Presumably a previously unexposed Population has little immunity to the Plague, like the Native American Indians with Measles

    BUT

    Do Homo pSeudo Sapiens Survivors build up an immunity to the Plague or does the Plague-Germ become (like scarlet fever) less malign as time passes

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — September 1, 2007 @ 3:29 am


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