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  Salmonella enterica genomes from victims of a major sixteenth-century epidemic in Mexico

Vågene, Å. J., Herbig, A., Campana, M. G., García, R., M., N., Warinner, C., et al. (2018). Salmonella enterica genomes from victims of a major sixteenth-century epidemic in Mexico. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2(3), 520-528. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0446-6.

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Vågene, Åshild J.1, Author              
Herbig, Alexander1, Author              
Campana, Michael G., Author
García, Robles, Author
M., Nelly, Author
Warinner, Christina2, Author              
Sabin, Susanna1, Author              
Spyrou, Maria A.1, Author              
Andrades Valtueña, Aida1, Author              
Huson, Daniel, Author
Tuross, Noreen, Author
Bos, Kirsten I.3, 4, Author              
Krause, Johannes5, Author              
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1Archaeogenetics, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074310              
2Kostbare Kulturen, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2591692              
3CoDisEASe, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_3033585              
4tide, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2591691              
5MHAAM, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2541699              

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 Abstract: Indigenous populations of the Americas experienced high mortality rates during the early contact period as a result of infectious diseases, many of which were introduced by Europeans. Most of the pathogenic agents that caused these outbreaks remain unknown. Through the introduction of a new metagenomic analysis tool called MALT, applied here to search for traces of ancient pathogen DNA, we were able to identify Salmonella enterica in individuals buried in an early contact era epidemic cemetery at Teposcolula-Yucundaa, Oaxaca in southern Mexico. This cemetery is linked, based on historical and archaeological evidence, to the 1545–1550 ce epidemic that affected large parts of Mexico. Locally, this epidemic was known as ‘cocoliztli’, the pathogenic cause of which has been debated for more than a century. Here, we present genome-wide data from ten individuals for Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Paratyphi C, a bacterial cause of enteric fever. We propose that S. Paratyphi C be considered a strong candidate for the epidemic population decline during the 1545 cocoliztli outbreak at Teposcolula-Yucundaa.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-01-152018-03
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 12
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0446-6
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Title: Nature Ecology & Evolution
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 2 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 520 - 528 Identifier: ISSN: 2397-334X
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2397-334X