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“Modern” ailment found in medieval bones

Medieval bones uncovered in Albania show traces of brucellosis, a “modern” disease associated with eating unpasteurized dairy.

Primarily an animal disease, brucellosis is common in rural farming parts of the Mediterranean region and is typically transmitted to humans through eating raw sheep and goat cheeses that come from infected animals.

The disease can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, weakness and weight loss, according to the World Health Organization. It also causes bone damage that, in this case, researchers initially mistook for tuberculosis.

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Story: DiscoveryNews | Photo: G.L. Kohuth

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