Diseased Mummies

June 9, 2011 by staff 

Diseased MummiesDiseased Mummies, A “modern” disease of humans may have been what sickened the ancient cultures of Nubia, research on more than 200 mummies found. A parasitic worm associated with irrigation canals infected the mummies. The disease known as schistosomiasis is contracted through the skin when a person comes into contact with water infested with worms. The disease infects more than 200 million people worldwide each year, once contracted, the disease causes a rash, followed by fever, chills, cough and muscle aches. If the infection is not treated, can damage the liver, intestines, lungs and bladder. The worm Schistosoma species, called S. mansoni, found widely in the Nubian mummies had been intended as a newer agent of the disease, linked to urban life and standing water in irrigation ditches.

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