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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:41 am
 


https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/15/health/s ... e_homepage

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In the 16th century, an epidemic known as "cocoliztli" that caused bleeding and vomiting swept through large areas of Guatemala, Mexico and even reached Peru. It wiped out 80% of the population, killing millions of people.

Ancient DNA and a new technique have been used to determine the likely cause of this mysterious epidemic that contributed to a "cataclysmic" population decline.


It definitely was an event that changed history. According to the article, many Europeans were carriers like they were with smallpox, and because it was endemic in our population it wasn't anywhere near as dangerous to us, as it was to the Mesoamerican peoples who had never been exposed to it.


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ShepherdsDog wrote:
It definitely was an event that changed history. According to the article, many Europeans were carriers like they were with smallpox, and because it was endemic in our population it wasn't anywhere near as dangerous to us, as it was to the Mesoamerican peoples who had never been exposed to it.


The genetic quirk inherited by those who survived the "black death" also makes Europeans less likely to contract HIV/AIDS.


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