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Monday, April 16, 1551. :   The last outbreak of the deadly 'sweating sickness' occurs in England.

     The 'sweating sickness' was a disease first seen in August 1485 among Henry VII's followers at the Battle of Bosworth Field, although there was evidence of it prior to the battle. The disease was characterised by violent inflammation, as seen in acute stomach cramps, headache, muscle pain, lethargy and extensive foul-smelling perspiration. Survival rates for those who contracted the disease were one percent. It was not the same as the plague, as the symptom of foul perspiration was unique, and it inevitably showed a rapid and fatal course. The disease recurred in London in 1506, 1517 and 1528. The final epidemic broke out in England on 16 April 1551.

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