Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mystery epidemics? Uh not so much

via the presurfer:

Ten mystery epidemics doctors don't know the cause of.

many of these are hysteria/suggestion...

but others, such as diarrhea after a meteorite hit, are probably viral gastroenteritis spread because of the crowds who went to view the site ate or drank something contaminated.

and number3, the sweating sickness, is well documented in England and parts of northern Europe, and there is still a question of the cause of the disease, which was often fatal. I wasn't aware that it persisted in one area of Europe until 1906...

similarly, the "nodding sickness" of Uganda is probably not a worm but from cyanide/pesticide or a similar toxin in food used by poor people...

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