ST BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ST BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Burning of houses where plague had occurred during the last world-wide pandemic of plague which started in China in the 1890s. The disease is caused by a bacteria Yesinia pestis and transmitted to humans from rats by the bite of an infected plague-rat flea. Several species of fleas are implicated including Xenopsylla cheopis. This outbreak of plague spread to the west through the trade routes.
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