Cases of syphilis are in dispute.

Archeological evidence shows that the disease was suffered by Native Americans many centuries before European contact, this has lead to the wide spread belief that the disease was transmitted to the rest of the world following the voyages of Christopher Columbus in 1492. (This Kinda makes scenic as europeans brought small pox to the New World, ad as we became more global we helped disease spread.) The first cases in Europe were reported in 1494 in Naples (now part of Italy) while the kingdom was under attack by the armies of Charles VIII of France. The disease appears to have been spread by soldiers of the defending Spanish army who had sailed with Columbus. But, some medical investigators believe that syphilis may have existed earlier in the Old World, they think perhaps in a less virulent strain, that was considered a form of leprosy.

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