"The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead!" details the Black Death
plague, which blighted Europe between 1347-1353, killing a third of the European population. The cause of the plague was the bacterium Yersinia pestis, transmitted by fleas that infested migrating Asian black rats.It was the fleas on board that bit infected
Rats got blood inside of the fleas
Originating in China, the disease followed the trade routes through India into Europe, coming ashore in Sicily in October 1347.Invaders came on phantom ships
Sailed the Black Sea West to Sicily
The Black Death reached southern France in January 1348, and was first recorded in England in August 1348, after two fishing boats from France docked at Weymouth, Dorset.