BUBONIC PLAGUE: the Black Death • Margaux Escutin • Nwakaego Ogunnaya
PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT • To see how rats and fleas are a factor in the spread of the Black Plague
SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND • Bubonic Plague • Effects lymph nodes • Headache, fever, chills • Fatality rate is very high • Epidemic in 1347 • Still around today
COMPUTATIONAL APPROACH • Assumptions • Humans are infected by flea bites only • Fleas and rats don’t recover from the Black Plague • Infected rats can still have litters • Fleas only get infected by biting rats • Humans become susceptible after recovered
RESULTS • Various factors affect human infection • Rat population • Flea population
REFERENCES • Gotwals, Robert R. “Black Death Case Study.” 1999.