Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Origins of Tuberculosis in South America


Tuberculosis is one of the most widespread bacterial diseases on the planet. It is an infection that has plagued humans for over millennia. One line of bioarchaeological research is concerned with the origins and spread of the disease.

Conventionally, the spread of tuberculosis to South America is attributed to invading Europeans in the fifteenth century. However, some recent studies suggest a different vector: seals.

In a new paper, Tim Sandle considers the different theories relating to the spread of the disease. For a copy of the short review, please contact Tim Sandle.

The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2014) The Possible Origins of Tuberculosis in South America, Journal of Ancient Diseases &
Preventive Remedies, 2 (2): 1-2

Posted by Tim Sandle