Devastating diseases throughout history
People have faced a lot of pandemics throughout history. A pandemic is a dangerous disease that is prevalent over a whole country or the world. Lack of knowledge and widespread panic led to the spread of the disease and millions of deaths. Here are some of history’s most deadly pandemics.
Cholera, bubonic plague, smallpox, and other dangerous diseases affected all humankind and changed the world greatly. However, those times have passed. We know that medicine and science have advanced. You can check your current state of health with our online test.
The first symptoms of smallpox are fever and vomiting. Then sores in the mouth and a skin rash appear. The disease was spread between people or via contaminated objects. The pandemic was defeated by the smallpox vaccine.
#2 Black Death
Black Death is also known as the Great Bubonic Plague. It claimed the lives of 200 million people in Eurasia. Modern treatment methods include the use of antibiotics and a plague vaccine. However, it is feared that the plague bacterium could develop drug resistance and again become a major health threat.
The main cause of cholera is poor sanitation or not enough clean drinking water. Cholera is a large amount of watery diarrhea that lasts a few days. It leads to severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The only way to defeat the disease is vaccination.
Typhus is also caused by poor sanitary conditions and crowding. Common symptoms include fever, headache, and a red rash. Typhus has been described since at least 1528 AD. However, only antibiotics made treatment possible.
#5 Spanish Flu
Spanish Flu infected about a quarter of the world's population. It was one of the deadliest and the most rapidly spreading diseases. The death toll is estimated to have been as high as 100 million.
The disease takes its name from the Ebola River in Africa where it was first identified in 1976. Ebola causes low blood pressure from fluid loss and blood loss that may result in death.
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