technical note: a rapid diagnostic test detects plague in ancient human remains: an example of the interaction between archeological and biological approaches (southeastern france, 16th-18th centuries).a rapid diagnostic test (rdt) that detects yersinia pestis f1 antigen was applied to 28 putative plague victims exhumed from seven burial sites in southeastern france dating to the 16th-18th centuries. yersinia pestis f1 antigen was detected in 19 of the 28 (67.9%) samples. the 27 samples used as negative controls yielded negative results. soil samples taken from archeological sites related to both positive and negative samples tested negative for f1 antigen. the detection threshold of the rdt f ...200818350578
[epidemic recrudescence of the great plague in marseille (may-july 1722): excavation of a mass grave].the return of some infectious disease has stimulated specialists to study historical aspects of human infections. a major model for this study is yersinia pestis which has had a great impact on human demography due to the fact that it is highly contagious and has a high mortality rate similar to that of the most lethal viral pathogenic agents. we carried out excavation of a mass grave containing the bodies of victims of an outbreak of bubonic plague that occurred in marseille from 1720 to 1722. ...19989812303
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