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Coronavirus pandemic: Here are 10 deadliest epidemics in history around the world

Here are 10 of the worst pandemics in history that have killed millions worldwide.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared the new coronavirus outbreak a ‘pandemic’ due to severity of the disease. The global death toll due to coronavirus has crossed 4000 with over 1,00,000 confirmed cases. According to WHO pandemic is a worldwide spread of a new disease at the same time, affecting a large number of people. Here are 10 of the worst pandemics in history that have killed millions worldwide. (Image: PTI)
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared the new coronavirus outbreak a ‘pandemic’ due to the severity of the disease. The global death toll due to coronavirus has crossed 4,000 with over 100,000 confirmed cases. According to WHO pandemic is a worldwide spread of a new disease at the same time, affecting a large number of people. Here are 10 of the worst pandemics in history that have killed millions worldwide. (Image: PTI)

Plague at Athens| Period: 430 B.C | Symptoms: Fever, thirst, bloody throat and tongue, red skins and lesions | According to the historians as much as two-thirds of the population died in Athens. (Image: wikimedia.org)
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Plague at Athens| Period: 430 BC | Symptoms: Fever, thirst, bloody throat and tongue, red skins and lesions | According to the historians as much as two-thirds of the population died in Athens. (Image: wikimedia.org)

Antonine Plague| Period: 165 A.D | Symptoms: Fever, sore throat, diarrhea, swollen throat and coughing | Historians estimated death toll around 5 million as the disease killed one-third of the population and devastated Roman army. (Image: Wikipedia)
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Antonine Plague| Period: 165 A.D | Symptoms: Fever, sore throat, diarrhoea, swollen throat and coughing | Historians estimated death toll around 5 million as the disease killed one-third of the population and devastated Roman army. (Image: Wikipedia)

Plague of Justinian | Period: 541 A.D | Symptoms: Fever, headache, chills, swollen or tender lymph nodes, abdominal pain, gangrene | It killed about 50 million people, 26 percent of the world population. (Image: listverse.com)
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Plague of Justinian | Period: 541 A.D | Symptoms: Fever, headache, chills, swollen or tender lymph nodes, abdominal pain, gangrene | It killed about 50 million people, 26 percent of the world population at the time. (Image: listverse.com)

Leprosy | Period: 11th century | Symptoms: Appearance of skin lesions lighter than normal skin, muscle weakness, ulcers on feet, weakness in feet, legs and hands | Thousands of people are getting infected by the disease every year and can be fatal if not treated. (Image: Leprosy)
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Leprosy | Period: 11th-century | Symptoms: Appearance of skin lesions lighter than normal skin, muscle weakness, ulcers on feet, weakness in feet, legs and hands | Thousands of people are infected by the disease every year which can be fatal if not treated. (Image: Leprosy)

The Black Death | Period: 1350 | Symptoms: Black boils, fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, ache and pain | The bubonic plague struck Europe and Asia, was thought to be carried by fleas living on lack rats | Killed one-third of the world population. (Image: Forbes)
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The Black Death | Period: 1350 | Symptoms: Black boils, fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, ache and pain | The bubonic plague struck Europe and Asia, was thought to be carried by fleas living on black rats | It killed one-third of the world population at the time. (Image: Wikipedia)

The Cocoliztli epidemic | Period: 1545 | Symptoms: Similar to Ebola, vertigo, fever, head and abdominal pains, bleeding from the nose, eyes and mouth | Estimated death of 15 million people. (Representative Image: Wikipedia)
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The cocoliztli epidemic | Period: 1545 | Symptoms: Similar to Ebola, vertigo, fever, head and abdominal pains, bleeding from the nose, eyes and mouth | Estimated death of 15 million people. (Representative Image: Wikipedia)

Great Plague of London | Period: 1665 | Symptoms: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, extreme weakness, bleeding | The bubonic plague led to deaths of 20 percent population in London. (Image: wikimedia.org)
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Great Plague of London | Period: 1665 | Symptoms: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, extreme weakness, bleeding | The bubonic plague led to deaths of 20 percent population in London. (Image: wikimedia.org)

Great Flu| Period: 1918 | Symptoms: Fever, dry cough, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, bad cold | Also known as Spanish flu, it infected 500 million people around the world, killing over 50 million. (Image: wikimedia.org)
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Great Flu| Period: 1918 | Symptoms: Fever, dry cough, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, bad cold | Also known as Spanish flu, it infected 500 million people around the world, killing over 50 million. (Image: wikimedia.org)

Asian Flu | Period: 1957 | Symptoms: Fever, body aches, chills, cough, weakness and loss of apetite | Outbreak of avian influenza originated in China killed have an estimate death rate of one to two million. (Image: wikimedia.org)
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Asian Flu | Period: 1957 | Symptoms: Fever, body aches, chills, cough, weakness and loss of appetite | Outbreak of avian influenza originated in China killed an estimated one to two million. (Image: wikimedia.org)

HIV/AIDS | Period: 1980 | Symptoms: Rapid weight loss, fever, pneumonia, diarrhea, sore throat | This transmitted disease had an estimate of 70 million infected people since then and around 35 million people have died. (Image: PTI)
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HIV/AIDS | Period: 1980 | Symptoms: Rapid weight loss, fever, pneumonia, diarrhea, sore throat | This transmitted disease had an estimate of 70 million infected people since then and around 35 million people have died. (Image: PTI)

First Published on Mar 13, 2020 08:12 am
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