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Rare Ergotism or “Holy Fire” Disease Mysteriously Strikes Indian Woman

July 28, 2020 - General
Painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, titled The Cripples, shows victims of the "Holy Fire" disease.        Source: Pieter Brueghel the Elder / Public domain

We have all heard of Bubonic plague, smallpox and typhoid, but between 990 and 1130 AD it is estimated that over 50,000 people died from the so-called “Holy Fire” disease in southern France alone, according to a Microbiology Society article. 


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