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A family of herpes viruses, including herpes simplex (cold sores), varicella (chicken pox and shingles), and cytomegalovirus (a mononucleosislike illness), can remain latent within the human body for years after the initial attack. By remaining dormant for long periods and allowing their hosts a chance to recover, herpes viruses bypass the need for a constant supply of new victims or for intermediate reservoirs. When the viruses are reactivated, the human host becomes ill once again and can transmit the disease to others.
During a battle on the outskirts of Quito in 1546, Pizarro's troops defeated the royal army and killed the viceroy. The apprehension and execution of Pizarro and his closest supporters two years later left many encomiendas (grants of Indians from the Spanish crown to individuals) vacant in the Quito area. Those who afterward received these grants became the new elite; they and their descendants dominated the province for the remainder of the century. Epidemics during the sixteenth century Because the first epidemics of smallpox and measles preceded actual contact in many areas of the Andes, most Spaniards never fully recognized the significance of disease in their conquest of the area.
Just as the ayllu controls land along a vertical axis involving a variety of ecological zones, each contributing its own unique products to the survival of the community, so too is the body seen "as a vertical axis with three levels through which blood and fat flow from the center to the peripheral. . " 25 Ayllus are interdependent, maintaining bonds of reciprocity: So too are the parts of the body interrelated, relying for their nourishment on the sonco or heart, which compresses and distills the three fluids of life — air, blood, and fat.