Partner of our route, it is a center that is aware of malaria while at the same time it is a place that spreads the history of the Region of La Vera
Malaria is a life-threatening disease. So much so that it ended the life of the Emperor Charles V. The Interpretation Center of Losar de la Vera is a reference in the knowledge of malaria and everything related to it.
Emperor Charles V died early in the morning of September 21st, 1558 as a result of malaria, whose symptoms began to experience on August 31st of the same year. Among others, high fever, chills, delusions and vomiting.
Certification of malaria
It is known that Charles V died of malaria after being studied one of his remains – a little finger -, which found uric acid crystals from the gout he suffered, as well as traces of plasmodium, the parasite of malaria. The definitive confirmation of what was more than a suspicion.
It is one of the many details that can be known at the Interpretation Center of Losar de la Vera (Cáceres), where visitors receive full information about the disease in our country, the research processes associated with it, and in what way began to fight in the region of Vera since the beginning of the last century; what is the disease, what are its characteristics and the different procedures used to combat it over the last century.
In short, an essential visit to know a disease that, although eradicated in our country since 1964, is present in many others, so it is convenient to know their causes and origin before traveling to them. And this museum, as well as delving into history through the figure of the Emperor Charles V, is a good reference for keeping up to date with malaria.