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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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Rose spots on abdomen of a patient with typhoid fever due to the bacterium Salmonella typhi.
Rose spots on abdomen of a patient with typhoid fever due to the bacterium Salmonella typhi.
CDC/Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Charles N. Farmer

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