Top 5 Deadliest Epidemics In History.
Incredible Lists take a look back through history to bring you the deadliest epidemics in the history of the world.. and no, COVID-19 does not come close;
Antonine Plague (165-180 AD)
This disease is also known as the plague of Galen,(from the name of the Greek physician living in the Roman Empire who described it)and historians believe that it could have been smallpox or measles. This disease claimed almost up to 2 000 deaths per day in Rome, Italy. The total death toll was counted at around 5 million.
The Third Plague Pandemic (1855)
The Third Plague Pandemic, which is also referred to as the modern plague, refers to a bubonic plague pandemic that started in the Yunnan province in China. Over the next 20 years it spread to Hong Kong and port cities around the world by rats that carried the infectious fleas responsible for the disease. It caused almost 10 million deaths worldwide.
The Black Death (1334)
Also called The Great Plague, it originated in China and spread all along trade routes to Constantinople and Europe, where it claimed nearly 60% of the European population and completely wiped out many towns. Outbreaks of the Plague recurred until the early 20th century and it took 200 years for Europe’s population to recover to its previous level.
The Great Flu Epidemic (1918)
The Great Flu Epidemic has been recorded as the most devastating epidemic in recent history and the deadliest ever Flu outbreak. With a death toll of somewhere between 20 million and 40 million, this disease killed more people than World War 1.
HIV/Aids global pandemic (1960s – present)
It is hard to determine when and where exactly HIV originated, but it is widely believed that it originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo around 1920 when the disease was spread from chimpanzees to humans.
Since the first cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (Aids) were reported in 1981, infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has grown to pandemic proportions, resulting in an estimated 65 million infections and 25 million deaths.
HIV is spread primarily by unprotected sex, contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy. Some bodily fluids, such as saliva, sweat and tears, do not transmit the virus.