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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 98, No. s1, 2003, pp. 173-179
Bioline Code: oc03026
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 98, No. s1, 2003, pp. 173-179

 en Louse Infestation of the Chiribaya Culture, Southern Peru: Variation in Prevalence by Age and Sex
Karl J Reinhard & Jane Buikstra

Abstract

In order to improve the interpretive potential of archaeoparasitology, it is important to demonstrate that the epidemiology of ancient parasites is comparable to that of modern parasites. Once this is demonstrated, then we can be secure that the evidence of ancient parasitism truly reflects the pathoecology of parasitic disease. Presented here is an analysis of the paleoepidemiology of Pediculus humanus check for this species in other resources infestation from 146 mummies from the Chiribaya culture 1000-1250 AD of Southern Peru. The study demonstrates the modern parasitological axiom that 10% of the population harbors 70% of the parasites holds true for ancient louse infestation. This is the first demonstration of the paleoepidemiology of prehistoric lice infestation.

Keywords
Pediculus humanus check for this species in other resources - pathoecology - paleoepidemiology - archaeoparasitology - Peru

 
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