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History in the News

NEW CLUES TO CAUSE OF AZTEC EPIDEMIC

Scientists have sunk their teeth into new DNA analysis to explain how millions perished

CURSE OF CORTÉS Posthumous dental work has shed light on the deadly outbreak, one of many to plague the Aztecs after the arrival of Hernán Cortés (below)

From 1545-50, the Aztecs fell prey to one of history’s deadliest epidemics. It began with blemishes or rashes on the skin, fevers, headaches and vomiting, before victims started bleeding from the mouth, nose and eyes. Death followed within days. The mysterious disease, named by the Aztecs as cocoliztli (‘pestilence’), killed as many as 15 million people, or 80 per cent of the population.

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