Mozart Died from a Strep Throat

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Evidently new research finds that Mozart died from a strep throat.

“…The new study, however, was based on information obtained from official death registers for Vienna, where Mozart died, in the winter of 1791.  These documents place the composer’s death in a wider context.

“Our findings suggest that Mozart fell victim to an epidemic of strep throat infection that was contracted by many Viennese people in Mozart’s month of death, and that Mozart was one of several persons in that epidemic that developed a deadly kidney complication,” said researcher Richard Zegers, of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, during an interview with Reuters.

This “minor epidemic” of step throat may have originated in the city’s military hospital, said Zegers and his team.

Witness accounts say Mozart became sick with an “inflammatory fever,” consistent with strep throat, or streptococcal pharyngitis, wrote Zegers and his colleagues in their report….”

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