Through epidemiologic research, Acuna-Soto claims that the events of 1545-76, which have high death rates, as due to indigenous hemorrhagic fevers. One of the physicians of 1576, Francisco Hernandez, described the symptoms as high fever, severe headache, vertigo, black tongue, dark urine, dysentery, severe abdominal and thoracic pain, and profuse bleeding from nose, eyes, and mouth. The diagnosed survival rate was about three to four days.
Supplementing the evidence with tee finding, Auncuna-Soto found his claims fortified though three-ring evidence that signified periods of rain and drought in which rat populations could also fluctuate.
- Gianna Nino-Tapias ('18)