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  •  Europe has diverse temperatures. (4+ / 0-)

    More telling would be the smallpox rate in Scandanavia at the time.

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    by Jimdotz on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 11:00:27 AM PDT

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    •  I guess the "cold" theory is out. (4+ / 0-)

      From the World Health Organization:

      As late as the 18th century, smallpox killed every 10th child born in Sweden and France. During the same century, every 7th child born in Russia died from smallpox.

      So why didn't the Vikings transmit smallpox to Native Americans c.1000 C.E.?

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      by Jimdotz on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 11:08:11 AM PDT

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      •  Well two theories about that exist (3+ / 0-)
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        One, the more virulent form of smallpox hadn't yet made it's way into Europe. That developed about 800 years ago (c. 1200 CE) and there may have been some resistence to the milder form.

        But the other theory is that populations were more isolated, and the 'herd immunity' that might've existed eventually died out because it did get spread around. So, for example, if the Europeans had shown up in 1100 AD as part of the Crusades in east coast of North America there would've been some immunity to the European diseases.

        Those who forget the lessons of history are probably watching Glenn Beck.

        by ontheleftcoast on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 11:40:28 AM PDT

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