the calcutta plague (1)


By Parasuram dasa

Plague has a long history on the European continent, with evidence of the disease dating back to the Stone Age. Plague epidemics in Europe during the First and Second Pandemics, including the Black Death, are infamous.

Yet, Europe still experienced plague outbreaks during the Third Pandemic, which began in China and spread to India and then globally at the end of the nineteenth century.

On 23 September 1896, the first “official” case of the bubonic plague in India was reported

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