What a 4,000-year-old virus can teach us now


What a 4,000-year-old virus can teach us now

To this day the bone-disfiguring disease has not been eradicated. Scientists are working out why

Senior science reporter

We know that Covid-19’s rapid spread can be attributed to the sheer levels of mobility in this day and age, with millions of planes, trains, boats and other forms of transport ferrying people around, but what about 4,000 years ago?

A bio-archaeologist from the University of Otago in New Zealand has now shed light on this.

Melandri Vlok, a PhD candidate, looked at a disease called “yaws”, which in fact still exists today...

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