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Re: H1N5 (and Bakker's virus extinction hypothesis) now H5N1
On Sun, 14 May 2006 20:49:34 +0200 Tommy Tyrberg writes:
> Bubonic plague as far as is known has *not* been around for
> millenia, at
> least not in Europe and the Middle East. There is as a matter of
> fact no
> indication that plague ever occurred there before the Justinian
There is some uncertainty on this matter.
There was a killer epidemic that struck Athens in 430 B.C. Some
historians have called it "plague" (in the generic sense?), but other
historians have assumed it was Bubonic Plague.
Most of Europe got clobbered by another big epidemic in A.D. 443. Again,
many hisorians believe this was Bubonic Plague.
> Plague then stayed active around the Mediterranean until
> 750, after which it disappeared, not to return until 1347,
A.D. 1347 is, very roughly, shortly after the beginning of the "Little
> and once
> disappearing (from Europe at least) in the eighteenth century.
Which is, very roughly, around the end of the "Little Ice Age".
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