"In 1799, soldiers serving under the French general Napoleon marched from Egypt across the Sinai Peninsula to Syria. In the scorching heat they drank water from every source they could find, including leech-infested ponds. As a result, tiny leeches attached to the insides of noses, mouths, and throats of many soldiers. Though small when swallowed, the leeches enlarged greatly once they gorged on blood. Many soldiers died from blood loss. Others died from suffocation when the blood-swollen leeches blocked their air passages."
From Those Amazing Leeches, available at your local library
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