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Sweating sickness

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sweating sickness

A disease characterised by fever and profuse sweating and associated with high mortality. It occurred in epidemic form five times in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in england, first in 1485 and last in 1551. The disease tended to occur during the summer and early autumn, attacking the relatively affluent adult male population. The aetiology was unknown. (hunter pr. The english sweating sickness, with particular reference to the 1551 outbreak in chester. Rev infect dis 1991;13(2):303-6, from abstract)