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pestis infections may have been one of the causes for the increased mobility during the late Neolithic-early Bronze Age period.'In an effort to escape infection, migrants may have brought plague to Europe. pestis before, could have had immunity to fight infection.
By mating with native Europeans, this may have created the region's current gene pool.
They also investigated more than 500 tooth and bone samples from Germany, Russia, Hungary, Croatia, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia and screened them for Y. Based on DNA evidence showing the movement of people during this period, plague appears to have arrived with the migration of people from Siberia during the Bronze Age up to 4,800 years ago.
Study author Johannes Kraus said: 'The threat of Y.
The Madagascar plague causing 'the worst outbreak in 50 years' may have arrived in Europe 4,000 years earlier than the 14th century epidemic, new research reveals.
Yersina pestis bacteria, which has killed 195 people in the east African country, first entered Europe in the Bronze Age, not the historical Black Death pandemic, a study released today by Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany, found.
Schools and universities have been shut in a desperate attempt to contain the respiratory disease, with children known to come into contact with each other more than adults, and the buildings have been sprayed to eradicate any fleas that may carry the plague The deadly plague epidemic in Madagascar that is at 'crisis' point will trigger an outbreak of polio, according to Dr Derek Gatherer from Lancaster University, who fears aid workers will so focused on the 'medieval disease' they will forget nationwide efforts to prevent polio cases.
He told Mail Online: ‘It could derail the polio vaccine campaign, which would be a setback for eradication.
'We may have the upper hand over plague today, despite the headlines in East Africa.
Malawi was added to the growing list of nations placed urged to brace for a potential outbreak last weekend, becoming the tenth.
South Africa, Seychelles, La Reunion, Tanzania, Mauritius, Comoros, Mozambique, Kenya and Ethiopia have already been told to prepare.
Paul Hunter, professor of health protection at the world-renowned University of East Anglia, was the first expert to predict the plague could travel across the sea.
He previously told Mail Online: 'The big anxiety is it could spread to mainland Africa, it's not probable, but certainly possible, that might then be difficult to control.'If we don't carry on doing stuff here, at one point something will happen and it will get out of our control and cause huge devastation all around the world.'Adding to the fears, he has previously warned there is a risk the disease could spread 'globally'.