An intriguing death of Alexander the Great. How can the almost mysterious story lead us to a scientifically-sound assumption on the cause of his death?
Legend has it that as Alexander entered Babylon, a flock ofravens exhibited odd behavior and then died at his feet. Shortly after, Alexander the Great died in Babylon (June 10 323BC) following a 2 week febrile illness. Symptoms included: fever with chills, thirsty, acute abdominal pain, and back pain at onset of fever, weakness that progressed to prostration, delirium, and terminal flaccid paralysis. Although his symptoms were most consistent with poliomyelitis and Guillan-Barre Syndrome, and some authors speculate about death from malaria, typhoid fever, parasites or poisoning, there is a possibility (based on the symptoms and the event described in the legend) that Alexander the Great may have died from West Nile Encephalitis almost 2,000 years before it was recognized as a human disease.