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Mexican experts say mummy exhibit may pose health risks

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Mexican government experts said Thursday they are concerned that a traveling display of mummies from the 1800s may pose a health risk to the public.

The preserved corpses were unintentionally mummified when they were buried in crypts in dry, mineral-rich soil in the state of Guanajuato. Some still have hair, leathery skin and their original clothing.

But the National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement that one of the mummies also appears to have fungal growths.

The federal institute distanced itself from a state government decision to display a half dozen of the mummies in glass cases at a tourism fair in Mexico City. It was unclear whether the cases were air-tight, and the institute said it had not been consulted about the display.


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That's a given and why you wear biohazard ppe while digging in privies no matter how old they are.

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