The World's Deadliest Epidemics

By Claire Henry\Book Talk for March

What is an Epidemic

An epidemic is when a large number of people in a certain area catch the same sickness.

What is a pandemic

Epidemics that spread over a much larger area is called a pandemic. AIDS is an example of a pandemic

What and how does this get started.

Did you know that a mosquito is a type of fly, there are about 3000 different types of mosquitoes. But only 3 of types of mosquito are responsible for spreading disease.

Major Pandemics

Almost to 9 million people a year are diagnosed with tuberculosis, but only about 1.4 million died. Between 1918 and 1919, the Spanish flu killed about 50 million people worldwide, 675000 of these people lived in the US.

Below you will see a table of the world's most deadliest epidemics and their death toll.

Epidemic/pandemic------------Death Toll

Influenza= 575,000+ deaths

Cholera= 6,500+ deaths

Meningitis= 931 deaths

SARS= 775 deaths

Hand, foot and mouth disease= 537 deaths

Dengue fever= 350+ deaths

Hepatitis B= 49 deaths

Ebola= 48 deaths

Tuberculosis= 1.4--2 million deaths per year

Spanish flu= 50 million deaths per year

Black Death= 30 million deaths per year

Malaria= 1.2 million deaths per year

Smallpox= 60 million deaths per year

yellow fever= 30,000 deaths per year

AIDS= 35 million deaths

Typhus= 10 million deaths
Polio= 3000 deaths