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Expert On Ancient Epidemics

National Institute of Anthropology and History

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National Institute of Anthropology and History's mummy cataloguing project

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Theory for Mass Deaths Roils Mexico - Newsday.com

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Elsa Malvido, a demographer, historian and an expert on ancient epidemics for the National Institute of Anthropology and History, says the plague could have caused the more severe hemorrhagic symptoms recorded by Hernandez, because it was attacking a population with no immunity whatsoever.


AryanUpdate_15OCT06

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"The disease came from animals that didn't exist in the Americas," said Elsa Malvido, a Mexican colonial historian who has spent 40 years tracing the origins of the diseases that decimated the Aztecs. She argues that the later epidemics were caused by bubonic plague carried to Mexico by black rats aboard the Spanish galleons. She cites indigenous codices that describe a plague of rats preceding the epidemics. However, Malvido acknowledged, "As long as I don't have a skeleton to extract DNA, of course, these are all hypotheses." Acuña-Soto counters that the disease doesn't fit the pattern of bubonic plague, which he said tends to spread inland from coastal areas and kills a minority of those infected. In contrast, he said, cocoliztli originated in central Mexico City and had the most devastating impact in the highlands. The later epidemics coincided with two major droughts, which may have magnified the impact of the disease, he said.


The Ledger Independent - Maysville, Kentucky

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Elsa Malvido, a demographer, historian and an expert on ancient epidemics for the National Institute of Anthropology and History, says the plague could have caused the more severe hemorrhagic symptoms recorded by Hernandez, because it was attacking a population with no immunity whatsoever.


Reportajes

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"Recently, we have come upon another type of looting," that involves drug smugglers, researcher Elsa Malvido of the National Institute of Anthropology and History's mummy cataloguing project told EFE.

Malvido said the problem was especially serious in the caves in Coahuila and Chihuahua, states where the Ciudad Juarez drug cartel, one of the nation's most powerful, is based.
"The almost inaccessible caves in the mountains have become places for drug smugglers to hide their merchandise.They cover the drugs with human remains and offerings and unwittingly become looters," she noted.
"It's difficult to find a cave that has not been disturbed by them," Malvido said, noting that researchers had already confronted this situation twice.


The Observer | World | 'Ebola' bug wiped out the Aztecs

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Elsa Malvido, a historian from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, dismisses the idea.She believes the later epidemics were bubonic plague spread by black rats from Europe. 'They were more extreme because they were attacking people with no immunity,' she said.

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