Malta Fever Linked to Bad Cheese in Ancient Italy

Discovery News: Medical researchers studying remains from the towns of Herculaneum and Stabiae have discovered a disease of the joints thought to be caused by contaminated cheese. Malta Fever, an infection caused by coccobacillus Brucella contaminated milk and milk products, may have affected citizens of ancient Italy. In a report to Discovery News, Luigi Capasso, of the State University G. d'Annunzio, said that nearly one in five inhabitants suffered from the disease. A carbonized round of cheese was also found in the ruins, leading scientists to believe that the cheese might have carried the germs.