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1st May '16 6:48:24 PM MsChibi
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The pathogen ''Yersinia pestis'', believed to have originated in Asia, has caused some of the deadliest pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350 in the Great Pestilence with strains continuing until the 1700s. Both the event and the disease are also known by the name given by later writers, The Black Death. Experienced by the whole of Eurasian/Mediterranean civilization to some degree, it so traumatized the human race that the formal name the disease was given in Europe, derived from the latin words for ''to strike down'', and ''to lament''[[note]]''plaga'' and ''plangere'' respectively[[/note]], is to this day synonymous with both "widespread threat to society" and "lethal contagious disease": ThePlague.

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The pathogen ''Yersinia pestis'', ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yersinia_pestis Yersinia pestis]]'', believed to have originated in Asia, has caused some of the deadliest pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350 in the Great Pestilence with strains continuing until the 1700s. Both the event and the disease are also known by the name given by later writers, The Black Death. Experienced by the whole of Eurasian/Mediterranean civilization to some degree, it so traumatized the human race that the formal name the disease was given in Europe, derived from the latin words for ''to strike down'', and ''to lament''[[note]]''plaga'' and ''plangere'' respectively[[/note]], is to this day synonymous with both "widespread threat to society" and "lethal contagious disease": ThePlague.
15th Apr '16 6:01:31 AM LondonKdS
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* The ecoterrorists in the second series of ''Series/BronBroen'' are developing a supercharged genetically-engineered version of plague, intending to release it at a meeting of the EU member states' environment ministers.
28th Oct '15 8:13:51 PM Willbyr
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28th Oct '15 6:02:05 PM Ultimatum
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9th Oct '15 8:55:42 PM foxley
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* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "Incident at Pawnee Gun", Casey finds himself in a QuarantineWithExtremePrejudice situation when peace officers believe his chimpanzee has the bubonic plague.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "The Visitation'', the TARDIS arrives in a village outside of London during the time of the Black Death. The alien invaders plan to use a genetically modified version of the bubonic plague to wipe out humanity.
7th Jun '15 6:30:56 AM Morgenthaler
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The disturbing explanation for the disease's alternate name, the black death, is that in both the septisemic and bubonic presentations, the victims are left in a horrific swollen and decaying state due to a combination of ruptured lymph nodes and frostbite-like patches of black gangrene --''[[AndIMustScream before they die]]''. Following the Black Plague pandemic, this image was so burned into Europe's psyche that it spawned our modern visualization of TheUndead, a stark contrast to the prior depictions of liches and kin as [[LooksLikeCesare unusually pale but otherwise unremarkable]], [[LooksLikeOrlok animalistic]], or [[DemBones totally skeletal]].

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The disturbing explanation for the disease's alternate name, the black death, is that in both the septisemic and bubonic presentations, the victims are left in a horrific swollen and decaying state due to a combination of ruptured lymph nodes and frostbite-like patches of black gangrene --''[[AndIMustScream before --''before they die]]''.die''. Following the Black Plague pandemic, this image was so burned into Europe's psyche that it spawned our modern visualization of TheUndead, a stark contrast to the prior depictions of liches and kin as [[LooksLikeCesare unusually pale but otherwise unremarkable]], [[LooksLikeOrlok animalistic]], or [[DemBones totally skeletal]].
21st May '15 10:50:33 PM gallium
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* In ''Film/MissMend'', anti-Bolshevik terrorists set out to unleash the Black Death on the Soviet Union by concealing ampoules of plague culture inside electrical insulators.
11th May '15 1:38:52 PM Willbyr
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See also ThePlague for devastating pandemics in general.
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death For more on the science and history of the plague, see the Other Wiki.]]
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See also ThePlague for devastating pandemics in general.
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* "The Fanfic/DayOfTheBarneyTrilogy" reveals that Barney is responsible for this.

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* "The Fanfic/DayOfTheBarneyTrilogy" The Fanfic/DayOfTheBarneyTrilogy reveals that Barney is responsible for this.



* The Black Death plays a major thematic role in ''TheSeventhSeal''.

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* The Black Death plays a major thematic role in ''TheSeventhSeal''.''Film/TheSeventhSeal''.



* In Northern Europe, the effect of the black death was so severe it held the population down for centuries. It didn`t help much that the disease showed up time and again all the way to 1650. In Norway especially, people came to see the plague incarnate as an old hag, clad in dark clothes, wearing a broom and a rake. [[NightmareFuel Her face was either a skull or made of decomposing flesh]]. Tradition has it that she usually saved some if she used the rake. On the other hand, if she used the broom, [[KillEmAll no one was spared]].

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* In Northern Europe, the effect of the black death was so severe it held the population down for centuries. It didn`t help much that the disease showed up time and again all the way to 1650. In Norway especially, people came to see the plague incarnate as an old hag, clad in dark clothes, wearing a broom and a rake. [[NightmareFuel Her face was either a skull or made of decomposing flesh]].flesh. Tradition has it that she usually saved some if she used the rake. On the other hand, if she used the broom, [[KillEmAll no one was spared]].



* In the backstory of Warhammer40K, the Chaos god of disease Nurgle had been in existence for quite some time before hand (possibly as the Babylonian god Nergal), but he truly awoke with the massive death toll caused by the plague.

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* In the backstory of Warhammer40K, TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, the Chaos god of disease Nurgle had been in existence for quite some time before hand (possibly as the Babylonian god Nergal), but he truly awoke with the massive death toll caused by the plague.



* A scheduled event in ''[[VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar Medieval II: Total War]]''. You can have isolated outbreaks of generic plagues at any time, but near the endgame the world is rocked by the historical Black Death. Typically the campaign crashes to a halt as armies lose men faster than replacements can be recruited, royal family members die left and right, and nations' economies tank from all those dead peasants. Of course, an enterprising player can take advantage of this by, say, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential sneaking a Spy into an afflicted settlement and sending him to infiltrate as many enemy cities as possible before expiring...]]

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* A scheduled event in ''[[VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar Medieval II: Total War]]''.''VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar''. You can have isolated outbreaks of generic plagues at any time, but near the endgame the world is rocked by the historical Black Death. Typically the campaign crashes to a halt as armies lose men faster than replacements can be recruited, royal family members die left and right, and nations' economies tank from all those dead peasants. Of course, an enterprising player can take advantage of this by, say, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential sneaking a Spy into an afflicted settlement and sending him to infiltrate as many enemy cities as possible before expiring...]]
7th May '15 10:04:04 PM N.Harmonik
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Keep in mind that the disease is not called the "bubonic plague"; it's simply "plague". "Bubonic" merely one way the disease plays out: by infecting the lymph system and colonizing the lymph nodes, which swell up into "bubos".[[note]]Yes, this is the shockingly dark reason why when a kid bruises themselves, they call it a "boo-boo".[[/note]] In coastal areas, the most common form of plague at that time was pneumonic plague, which affects the lungs. Septicemic plague affects the bloodstream. The difference? Pneumonic plague kills all but a handful of sufferers, usually within a day. Septicemic plague is always fatal and kills within hours. Bubonic plague victims, on the other hand, can take days to die, and one-third actually ''survive'' with long lasting traumatic damage to their internal organs and immune systems- with the effect of making these victims the most noticeable and horrifying.

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Keep in mind that the disease is not called the "bubonic plague"; it's simply "plague". "Bubonic" is merely one way the disease plays out: by infecting the lymph system and colonizing the lymph nodes, which swell up into "bubos".[[note]]Yes, this is the shockingly dark reason why when a kid bruises themselves, they call it a "boo-boo".[[/note]] In coastal areas, the most common form of plague at that time was pneumonic plague, which affects the lungs. Septicemic plague affects the bloodstream. The difference? Pneumonic plague kills all but a handful of sufferers, usually within a day. Septicemic plague is always fatal and kills within hours. Bubonic plague victims, on the other hand, can take days to die, and one-third actually ''survive'' with long lasting traumatic damage to their internal organs and immune systems- with the effect of making these victims the most noticeable and horrifying.
11th Feb '15 5:02:30 PM catmuto
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* ''Manga/GodChild'' has a small arc that revolved around a woman who was [[ActuallyNotAVampire mistaken to be a vampire]] due to the amount of deaths that have been on the rise and her looking incredibly young for a lady in her 40s at the time, but it's revealed that the people died due to the plague and she had no real part in it.
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