In 1494, a ‘zombie epidemic’ broke out in Europe.

(ORDO NEWS) — The Renaissance in Italy had a little-known, dark side. Sailors returning from the New World brought with them a massive outbreak of syphilis that spread throughout the French army.

The troops then brought what became known as “the great smallpox” to the rest of Europe.

In those days, there were no antibiotics, so the disease spread uncontrollably, and its consequences were terrible.

The skin on the faces of the victims was, in fact, rotting from the terrible ulcers that formed as a result of the disease.

In some cases, the noses, lips, and other body parts of the affected individuals were virtually absent, and some of the victims eventually died from the disease.

So, while Europe had a lot to offer during the Renaissance, the accompanying syphilis outbreak was, in fact, a real-life version of the zombie apocalypse.

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