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Ancient Egyptians affected by “modern plague”

An analysis of Egyptian mummies shows that they also suffered from schistosomiasis, what was considered to be a product of modern urbanization. A new analysis of mummies has revealed that a tiny-wormlike parasite, Schistosoma mansoni that plagues people worldwide, also infected ancient Africans. The resulting disease from the worm, called schistosomiasis, is

Ancient irrigation may have spread disease

Analysis of Nubian mummies from along the Nile suggests that the plague of schistosomiasis may have been spread due to irrigation techniques in place at the time they lived. About 25 percent of mummies in the study dated to about 1,500 years ago were found to have Schistosoma mansoni, a species

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