Why do we say 'bless you' or 'gesundheit' when people sneeze?

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  • Bless You! http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/blessyou.asp
  • "Does a Sneeze Mean Disease?" http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/35320/35323/379001.html?d=dmtHMSContent
  • "Gesundheit! Sneezing Gets a Big Reaction," The New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9C0DE1D9123BF931A15755C0A965948260
  • Goldberg, Carey. "And to All, a Universal 'God Bless You'" The New York Times, December 24, 1995, pg. 4.2
  • The Mavens' Word of the Day http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/?date=19970923
  • MedicineNet http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=16120