‘Abundant bleeding’ epidemic in 16th-century Mexico might have been Salmonella

Submitted by The Verge on January 15, 2018 - 6:47pm

A mysterious epidemic that killed millions of people in 16th century Mexico may be linked to a rare strain of Salmonella, a new DNA analysis reveals. The discovery is the best clue yet to the cause of a devastating infection that killed up to 80 percent of Mexico’s native population between 1545 and 1550 — spreading to Guatemala, and possibly as far south as Peru.


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