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Abandoned Bones Suggest TB Wiped Out Leprosy In Battle Of Killer Diseases
ScienceDaily ^ | February 19, 2005 | University College London

Posted on 12/23/2009 8:01:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv

The spread of tuberculosis may have killed off leprosy in Europe in the Middle Ages, according to research published in the latest issue of the Royal Society Proceedings B. A collaborative study led by University College London (UCL) scientists, following the discovery of a shrouded body in a sealed chamber overlooked by tomb robbers, found evidence of both diseases in a range of archaeological remains dating from the 1st to the 15th centuries. An initial examination of the body, currently under analysis in Israel, revealed signs of co-infection of TB and leprosy in the bone tissue. The collaborative team, led by Dr Helen Donoghue and Dr Mark Spigelman from UCL's Centre for Infectious Diseases and International Health, went on to identify co-infection in ancient bones around Europe, where the DNA of the bacteria behind both diseases was detected in 42 per cent of the samples examined.

In the Middle Ages leprosy was a widespread, much-feared disease which unaccountably declined around the same time that tuberculosis began to spread across Europe. TB went on to become a major long-term epidemic disease, with one-third of the world's population now infected and more than 8 million new cases in the year 2000 alone.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; leprosy; tuberculosis

1 posted on 12/23/2009 8:01:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 12/23/2009 8:02:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091216103558.htm


3 posted on 12/23/2009 8:03:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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Bones Raise Leprosy Doubts (Scotland)
BBC | 11-05-2002
Posted on 11/06/2002 6:58:11 PM PST by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/784074/posts


4 posted on 12/23/2009 8:05:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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Leprosy keyword, chrono sort:
5 posted on 12/23/2009 8:08:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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Some hominids were able to survive both diseases.


6 posted on 12/23/2009 8:13:54 PM PST by hellbender
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thanks, bfl


7 posted on 12/23/2009 8:29:11 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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Co–infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae in human archaeological samples: a possible explanation for the historical decline of leprosy

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8 posted on 12/23/2009 9:16:26 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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Are we to assume that ‘Leprosy’ means Hanson’s?

The Leprosy described in ancient writings doesn’t seem to match up with Present Leprosy.


9 posted on 12/23/2009 9:26:52 PM PST by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bomb-a administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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“TB wiped out Leprosy...”

Paper covers Rock, Rock breaks scissors, and scissors cut paper. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)


10 posted on 12/23/2009 10:41:02 PM PST by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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Are we to assume that ‘Leprosy’ means Hanson’s?

They mention Mycobacterium leprae which is the causative organism for Hansen's. I'm not sure I agree that leprosy described in ancient writings is not what we see today. If you read Leviticus 13, it gives the Temple priest instructions on how to distinguish clean from unclean skin lesions:

13:3 "And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh; and when the hair in the plague has turned white and the plague in appearance be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is a plague of leprosy; and the priest shall look on him and pronounce him unclean."

Sure sounds like tuberculoid leprosy to me:


11 posted on 12/24/2009 4:52:34 AM PST by CholeraJoe (My baloney has a first name, it's B-A-R-A-K. My baloney has a second name, it's O-B-A-M-A)
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