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Ancient toilet marks first evidence of how infectious diseases spread along the Silk Road
 

Ancient toilet marks first evidence of how infectious diseases spread along the Silk Road

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In recent years, we have seen how viruses like MERS and SARS move swiftly across nations through unsuspecting traveller. Fresh analysis of the faecal contents of an ancient latrine yielded proof for the first time that travellers were responsible for the spread of infectious diseases along huge distances of the route 2,000 years ago.
 
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29 Aug 2016 - General
 
So I looked up the picture of these personal hygiene sticks, also called "hygiene wands", and found it here: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/22/ancient-bottom-wipers-yield-evidence-of-diseases-silk-road-chinese-liver-fluke#img-...
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Mark Edmon Tan Yeah indeed. It's amazing that remnants of a personal hygiene stick were preserved for scientists to study after all these. What's more astonishing is how scientists ...
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Maria Cristina Inserto: Found it! https://archive.org/details/msdos_Oregon_Trail_The_1990 Time to check out this depressing game. I can totally relate to playing Solitaire, Freecell and Mine...
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Oh yes Jennifer Winter. It was very depressing and the music was sad too. I don't know why I even played that game, but it was the only game we had---or I'd play Solitaire, Freecell...
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Theekshana Abayawickrama so here I am trying to imagine this stick with a cloth wrapped around it and what pops into my head it the padded tongue depressor. I did not even think about the po...
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OMG it's so boring do not bother Mark Edmon Tan. The only reason why we had that game is cus it came free with our PC when we were buying one and the selection for the "free games&...
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Maria Cristina Inserto It's gross to find a relic like that. It seems like weather was really warm in the Silk road for the personal hygiene sticks to be preserved. I have a very deep re...
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I thought the same thing... they found personal hygiene sticks from ages ago? And yes Mark Edmon Tan it's gross enough that they exist and to find them today, hehe. I used to play this ...
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Wow! It is already disgusting to have the personal hygiene stick Theekshana Abayawickrama but to have a remnant of it to be discovered in this age is something else. Well, at least they were...
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This is indeed a really interesting article, but it's the 'personal hygiene stick' part that makes the story a little bit disgusting. "Wooden sticks cloth-wrapped at one end and used for wiping away faeces from the anus" Serious...
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I have always found history fascinating and to read such a discovery really piques my interest. 2000 years ago infectious diseases were spread by travellers travelling my horse/camel, carriage or foot can be compared on how nowadays we spread disease...
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