The sweating sickness returns – Sudor Anglicus, English sweating sickness of the 16th century, may have been a hantavirus disease

The sweating sickness returns – Sudor Anglicus, English sweating sickness of the 16th century, may have been a hantavirus disease – Brief Article

Anne Boleyn, although unable to survive her marriage to Henry VIII, was rumored to have resisted the onslaught of another sixteenth-century scourge: Sudor Anglicus, or English sweating sickness. The mysterious illness surfaced in England in the summer of 1485 and struck four times over the next century before disappearing. This frequently fatal disease caused fever, profuse sweating, headaches, and extreme shortness of breath. Death usually came quickly. “It killed some within three hours,” wrote one Tudor chronicler. “Some within two hours, some merry at dinner and dead at supper.”

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