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Top 7 Deadly Diseases You Believe Have Disappeared

Top 7 Deadly Diseases You Believe Have Disappeared

Top 7 Deadly Diseases You Believe Have Disappeared© Getty Images

Many years ago, people have suffered and died from diseases that were truly posing the whole human race in danger.

As the years went by, we were able to develop medicines and ways to treat many diseases, which is why we rarely talk or hear about those illnesses anyway, or we would mention them like we are talking about old wars and ancient history, believing that we left them in the past and they are completely gone.

Unfortunately, we didn’t leave them anywhere, they are still around threatening the lives of hundreds of people like Rubella and Bubonic plague.

The good news is that these diseases are increasingly rarer, and medicines have developed enough to treat anyone who catches this disease all over the world.

If you want to know more about these diseases, click on Next to continue reading

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#1 – Bubonic Plague

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Bubonic Plague© Business Insider

This is the illness that caused the “famous” Black Death back in 1347, it killed the third of the human population, and sadly, it is still around. According to CNN, there were at least 15 cases in the United States back in 2015. Yersinia Pestis is the name of the bacteria that causes the plague and it is naturally living in areas where wild rodents exist.

People who get infected mostly were consuming an infected rodent, for example, a squirrel, rat or chipmunk. The good news is if the disease caught early, it can be easily treated with antibiotics.

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#2 – Leprosy

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Leprosy is a dangerous, contagious disease that can be transmitted by having a physical contact with an infect person. It damages the skin cells and nerves causing permanent disabilities and disfiguring sores.

Luckily, the number of global leprosy has dropped in the past 30 years from 5.2 million (1985) to 216.000 cases (2013). But some parts of Brazil, India, and Indonesia still suffer from this horrible disease.

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#3 – Rubella

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Back in the 1960s, Rubella took over the United States in a scary way, especially between 1964 and 1965 because more than 12.5 million people were diagnosed with this awful disease, which led to 20,000 cases of congenital rubella syndrome that left kids deaf, blind, handicapped or dead.

Plus, there were over 11,000 miscarries. Thankfully, and since vaccines were licensed in 1969, the United States is free from rubella, but there are still infected people in Africa and Southeast Asia.

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#4 – Tuberculosis

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We rarely hear about it, but Tuberculosis is still around being the White Plague. It is the world’s biggest infectious killer, and it was all around Europe during the 18th century, and today, it overtakes the United States causing 9,400 cases in 2014 and 1.5 million deaths around the world in 2013.

TB is a disease that attacks the lungs and can damage the whole body. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, the TB virus spreads through the air. Thankfully, it is treatable.

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#5 – Scarlet Fever

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If you noticed that you have symptoms of Scarlet Fever like fever, sore throat, and a red rash, then you must get checked.

Before the antibiotics were available, scarlet fever used to be the main cause of death all over the world. In fact, from 1840 to 1883, the fatality of this disease was higher than 30% in Europe and the United States.

Moreover, there were more than 14,000 cases of scarlet fever in the UK in 2014 because there is still no vaccination for it.

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#6 – Measles

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According to the World Health Organization, Measles is still one of the leading causes of death in the United States among kids, even that many children get vaccinated for this contagious disease. In 2013, there were 145,700 deaths, which mean 16 kids die every hour and 400 every day.

According to CDC, this disease is spread through coughs and sneezes and can live on surfaces for over two hours, which mean it can easily infect non-immune people.

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#7 – Polio

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Poliomyelitis, Polio or infantile paralysis is a disease that leads to muscle weakness resulting in incapability of moving. Before the vaccines were developed in the 1950s, 35,000 people got paralyzed in the United States.

Sadly, this disease is still affecting people today, but on a much smaller scale. According to 2015 data, there were 73 people who caught the polio virus in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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