Monday, November 15, 2010

Skeletons reveal typhus epidemic from spain

From the dental pulp of skeletons buried in Douai, researchers from CNRS and the Université de la Méditerranée have identified the pathogenic agents responsible for trench fever and typhus. For the first time, this work reveals the presence of typhus in Europe at the start of the 18th century and lends weight to the hypothesis that this disease could have been imported into Europe by Spanish conquistadors returning from the Americas.


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