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The Sources:

anon.:
"Ex historia Vampyrorum etc."
in: "Commercium Literarium ad rei medicae et scientiae"
Nürnberg, 1732

as mentioned in:
Laszlo Andras Magyar:
"Die Siebenbürgische Vampir-Krankheit"

The Case:

Mr.Magyar tells us that an anonymous author mentions an unknown case of vampirism in the magazine "Commercium Literarium etc." of 1732. I found the mention, which sadly is in Latin. So I am not going to do a translation for you. Here is the relevant bit of text:

"Refert nimirum nobis vir, munere nunc designatoris hospitiorum apud milites fungens, in pago quodam Walachiae ad Transilvaniae confinia sito, Merul, locisque huic vicinis, morbum quendam contagiosum inde a mense Novuembri A. 1717. ad Aprilem usque anni sequentis ita grassatum esse in senes aeque ac iuvenes, vt solius huius pagi plures octoginta incolarum vita priuarentur."

In 1717, in a Transylvanian village called Merul, some kind of epidemic had made many victims. As the article concentrates on the so-called vampire cases, I think we may take it that this was a similar case.

The Date:

We have been given a nice clear date: the year of 1717.

The Place:

I have not been able to find the location of Merul. There are several places called Marul that could be it. I guess this needs further investigation.

Possible Follow-Up:

This case certainly needs further investigation. So go find and read the article by Laszlo Andras Magyar. Then find yourself a copy of the "Commercium Literarium ad rei medicae et scientiae" and read the anonymous article.

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