The English Sweat Disease took the lives of thousands and then disappeared from history.

Alissa Rose

A mysterious and contagious disease called English Sweating Sickness or Sweating Disease was found in England in the late 15th century.

Sweating Disease became a widespread epidemic in England from the late 1400s to 1551. During that time, the sickness manifested itself five times: in 1485, 1508, 1517, 1528, and 1551.

The disease was also affected, two famous cases of Henry Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and his brother Charles Brandon, William Compton, who died from sweating sickness in 1551.

It may have changed history by assassinating the heir to the throne, Prince Arthur, whose death marked the beginning of Henry VIII's turbulent reign.

The mortality rate of Sweating Disease was 30% to 50%, but the outbreak lasted only one to two weeks. And within six weeks, this disease killed approximately 15,000 people, but the exact number of death is unknown because the pandemic struck England at least five separate times.

According to scientists, a mosquito-borne viral disease, hantavirus infection, anthrax, or even a reoccurring fever could be the source of this outbreak.

The English sweating sickness killed the victims in less than 24 hours, leaving little time for the disease to be treated, if at all. And the symptoms of this disease were:

  • Dizziness
  • severe pain in the neck and shoulder
  • Headache
  • Rapid pulse
  • Delirium
  • Vomiting
  • Body pain
  • Swollen throat

This disease is one of the great mysteries of medicine. It came in five waves and haunted Tudor England for 70 years before vanishing.

Researchers are still trying to figure out where these infections came from and why they vanished so suddenly in 1551. What's even terrifying is the possibility that the disease lies dormant in our genes, waiting to strike havoc once more.

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Disclaimer: This article is only for educational and informational purposes.

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