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Researchers recently announced that a 500-year-old frozen Incan mummy known as ‘The Maiden’ was suffering from a bacterial infection when she died. This new discovery could help defend against new illnesses – or the re-emergence of diseases of the past. More specfically, the mummy was suffering from an illness similar to tuberculosis when she was sacrificed on the Argentinian volcano Llullaillaco, 22,100 feet above sea level. Continue reading for a video and more information.

According to The Daily Mail, “The find – using a new technique of swabbing the lips and comparing the swabs with those of current patients – is the first time a disease has been ‘diagnosed’ in such an ancient body. The analysis was possible because of the incredible preservation of the mummy, which is so well-preserved there were still lice in her hair.”