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Eighteenth century Yersinia pestis genomes reveal the long-term persistence of an historical plague focus
The 14th-18th century pandemic of Yersinia pestis caused devastating disease outbreaks in Europe for almost 400 years. The reasons for plague's persistence and abrupt disappearance in Europe are poorly understood, but could have been due to either the presence of now-extinct plague foci in Europe itself, or successive disease introductions from other locations. Here we present five Y. pestis genomes from one of the last European outbreaks of plague, from 1722 in Marseille, France. The lineagedoi:10.1101/036509 fatcat:bs4e7an7w5bdngvekphixkr5l4