Tuberculosis, influenza and rabies intertwine with "Twilight" saga

11/19/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

The first reports of vampires coincide with outbreaks of tuberculosis and rabies in Europe, and since people had little understanding of infectious disease at that time, stories of vampires spreading death abounded, according to this article. Just as the Cullens of the "Twilight" series of books and movies are a more polished, evolved version of early vampires, the pathogens of today have also changed, notes the author.

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