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Two Probable Cases of Infection with Treponema pallidum during the Neolithic Period in Northern Vietnam (ca. 2000-1500 B.C.)

Vlok, Melandri; Oxenham, Marc; Domett, Kate; Minh, Tran Thi; Huong, Nguyen Thi Mai; Matsumura, H.; Trinh, Hiep Hoang; Higham, Thomas; Higham, Charles; Huu, Nghia Truong; Buckley, Hallie R.


Skeletal evidence of two probable cases of treponematosis, caused by infection with the bacterium Treponema pallidum, from the northern Vietnamese early Neolithic site of Man Bac (1906–1523 cal B.C.) is described. The presence of nodes of subperiosteal new bone directly associated with superficial focal cavitations in a young adult male and a seven-year-old child are strongly diagnostic for treponemal disease. Climatic and epidemiological contexts suggest yaws (Treponema pallidum pertenue) as...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020-05-25
Type: Journal article
Source: Bioarchaeology International
DOI: 10.5744/bi.2020.1000
Access Rights: Open Access


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