News Focus7th World Congress On Mummy Studies

One Sick Mummy Gets a Double Diagnosis

Science  22 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6041, pp. 403
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6041.403-a

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The tiny intestinal parasite, Trichuris trichiura, or whipworm, is a bane of children living in poor sanitary conditions in developing countries today and can cause anemia, bloody diarrhea, and occasionally death. Researchers found an amazingly high infection intensity of this parasite in a 200-year-old adult mummy from Piraino, Italy, according to a poster presented at the meeting.

  • * Heather Pringle is a contributing editor at Archaeology magazine.

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