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Scientists identify what killed millions in 16th century Mexico

In 1545, an epidemic known as “cocoliztli,” an Aztec Nahuatl word for “pestilence," swept through large areas of Guatemala and Mexico. The disease caused high fevers, headaches, bleeding from the eyes, mouth, and nose, ending in death.
 

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Collapse of population in Mexico during the 16th century  attributed at least in part to repeated co...
Collapse of population in Mexico during the 16th century, attributed at least in part to repeated cocoliztli epidemics.
Acuna-Soto R1, Stahle DW, Cleaveland MK, Therrell MD.