I thought it was just tse-tse flies, early cases of west-nile virus, and toxic mold on the walls of the tomb.
But Aeon Magazine pulls out a spooky episode from the Sherlock Holmes Era of science history, and describes how they had such a hard time killing the old ideas of superstition for explaining the unknown in life.
-Even if that particular superstition did get its start in British popular fiction, of all places, instead of the actual Egyptian Book Of The Dead.
Interesting & fun stuff for a spooky time of year.
Aeon-The Mummy’s Curse