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Medieval Black Death Origin Traced to Central Asia


Medieval Black Death Origin Traced to Central Asia
15 June, 2022

Excavation of the Kyrgyzstan Kara-Djigach site, in the Chu Valley in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, has yielded old evidence related to the Black Death origin site.
 The Black Death or Black Plague killed somewhere between 75 and 200 million people in just seven years, from 1346 to 1353. About 50 million died in Europe alone, which made it the epicenter of the deadliest plague in human history. And until now, no one had pinpointed the Black Death origin location, despite clear evidence that it entered Europe from the east. There is no doubt about what caused the Black Death. It was a highly hazardous bacterium known as Yersinia pestis , which was primarily carried by rats before being passed on to people. ... The truth about the Black Death origin location has finally been revealed, as a result of the work of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute... in Leipzig, the University of Tübingen in Germany, and the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom.
Plague inscription from the Chu-Valley region in Kyrgyzstan.
 These researchers combined data from archaeological, historical, and genetic studies, and through this complex approach they were able to trace the true beginning of the Black Death to a particular spot in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, and specifically to the year 1338! ... it was already known that some type of epidemic had caused a rash of deaths in a small trading community here in the years 1338 and 1339 (tombstone inscriptions had identified a lethal infectious disease as the cause of death for many area residents). Until now, it hadn’t been possible to blame these early deaths on the Black Plague specifically, despite the intriguing nature of the timeline. But the researchers from the Max Planck Institute and their colleagues were able to reveal the truth through DNA testing of human remains from two sites where the disease had caused a high death toll. Mixed in with the normal DNA of these Central Asian inhabitants were DNA samples that could be traced directly... This revealed, without a doubt, that these individuals had been plague carriers at the time of their death in 1338 and 1339.

 Up to 60 percent of the population may have died in the places where the Black Death took hold. Even after the initial seven-year period of catastrophic death ended, the plague continued to ravage the population in a series of smaller outbreaks that took place over the next 500 years. t should be noted that the Black Death cannot be credited exclusively to a single plague strain... the Black Death began following a massive diversification of the plague bacterium, which created a multitude of plague strains that could be deadly to humans... The linking of the Black Death to Central Asia raises the question of where exactly the plague bacterium came from. The diseases associated with Yersinia pestis were carried within wild rodent populations, which could be traced to so-called plague reservoirs where the various plague strains were originally confined. ... Data points from all three fields were put together like the pieces of the puzzle, and in their totality they provide a convincing case to suggest that the Black Death began in a specific area of Central Asia, from where it swept across the world ...
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Smallpox killed 300 million and ORIGINATED IN CHINA!

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Origin of Smallpox The earliest written description of a disease like smallpox appeared in China in the 4th century CE (Common Era). Early written descriptions also appeared in India in the 7th century and in Asia Minor in the 10th century.
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* 6th Century—Increased trade with China and Korea brings smallpox to Japan.
* 7th Century—Arab expansion spreads smallpox into northern Africa, Spain, and Portugal.
* 11th Century—Crusades further spread smallpox in Europe.
* 15th Century—Portugal occupies part of western Africa, bringing smallpox.
* 16th Century—European settlers and the African slave trade import smallpox into:
* The Caribbean
* Central and South America
* 17th Century—European settlers bring smallpox to North America.
* 18th Century—Explorers from Great Britain bring smallpox to Australia.
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