Top 9 Worst Epidemics In The History Of The World 

Written by Niharika Nayak  • 

If you think Coronavirus is bad, take a look at this list. Humans have had to face pandemics since the beginning of time itself. Experts have seen that pandemics have existed since 3000 BC in the prehistoric era. Throughout the course of our time on this planet, diseases have ravaged humanity and have even wiped out entire civilizations. So let’s have a look at the 9 biggest epidemics that caused civilization to hit a standstill. These stories stand testament that we can get through COVID-19, if we’re resilient enough:

1. The Third Cholera Pandemic (1852-1860)

The Third Cholera Pandemic (1852-1860)
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During the third cholera pandemic, the symptoms were portrayed as loose bowel movements that resembled ‘rainwater’ and ‘sewage’ and would weaken the individual. The unfortunate victims of this disease experienced terrible last days and suffered from severe dehydration. The pestilence started in India and spread to parts of Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. In 1852, it was found that polluted water was at fault for the pandemic.

2. Asian Flu Pandemic Of 1957 (1956-1958)

Numerous individuals are befuddled by the origin of this infection. While it very well may be traced back to China, no one knows for certain how it spread like wildfire. Mainstream hypothesis proposes that wild ducks had certain mutations and it spread to people in that way. In spite of the fact that this was only one of three influenza pandemics during the twentieth century, it was viewed as one of the worst. Around one to 4,000,000 individuals kicked the bucket during this pandemic.

3. World War 1 Typhus Epidemic (1918-1922)

World War 1 Typhus Epidemic (1918-1922)
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Occurring during a period of conflict, this typhus flare-up was one of the worst consequences of World War 1. It was a malady that was brought about by microbes and the side effects included extreme backaches and incoherence. This flare-up in particular was related to lice. Because of this, delousing stations were set up on the Western front which helped make sure it didn’t spread further. The Soviets, Romanians, and Polish were not all that fortunate and there were around 3 million passings that occured on the Eastern front.

4. Cocoliztli

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This malady consisted of afflictions known as Viral Hemorrhagic Fever. A progression of infections that proceed to assault and mutate as it passes. The latest form of which, being the Ebola plague. Cocoliztli influenced what is presently Mexico and profoundly affected the Aztec community of people. At that point, they were experiencing an assortment of illnesses because of the Spanish attacking them. The symptoms would include a dark tongue, looseness of the bowels, serious stomach torment, and blood seeping from your facial orifices. This scourge cleared out the profoundly propelled Aztec progress.

5. The Plague Of Justinian (541-542)

The Plague Of Justinian (541-542)
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This was one of the most destructive pandemics in history and was the forebearer of The Black Plague. This infection spread over the Byzantium and Constantinople realms (Modern day Istanbul) through contaminated rodents living underneath sewers. This plague massively affected the realm and left numerous blue collar workers and military men incapable to work. Side effects incorporated a serious fever, heaving, and an expanded affectability to light. At its pinnacle, this plague took more than 5000 lives every day. The main wave killed around 40% of Constantinople’s population.

6. The Antonine Plague (165-180)

The Antonine Plague (165-180)
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This plague is one of the earliest recorded pandemics and was brought to Rome through officers and soldiers coming back from Western Asia. In spite of the fact that this wasn’t as awful as The Plague Of Justinian, it claimed the lives of two Roman heads. This prompted the entire land to dive into dread and confusion and even changed the entire course of history.

7. Third Plague Pandemic (1855-1959)

This was the third recorded cycle of the bubonic plague and assaulted the world for longer than a century. In 1900, San Francisco endured a concise flare-up of plague that was gotten by rodents from the far East. The maladies hid in sewers underneath the large city. This pandemic spread over the world and executed 12 million people in both China and India.


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This was said to have spread among primates and people some time during the twentieth century. One of the main patients was a man in The Congo in 1959. Be that as it may, wasn’t until the 1980s that the infection was recognized and named in the United States. The plague started to spread and wound up portraying the whole decade. There have now been more than 36 million deaths related to the AIDS plague. Be that as it may, a constructive outcome is never again a capital punishment and specialists have discovered approaches to help individuals suffering from the sickness to live longer.

9. The 1918 Flu Pandemic (1918-1920)

The 1918 Flu Pandemic (1918-1920)
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It infected more than 500 million individuals and executed somewhere in the range of 50 to 100 million individuals. The odd thing about this illness was that it principally affected sound adults who were in good health. Most strains of influenza assault children, the old or the individuals who are immunocompromised. The more healthy the individual, the more likely he was to bite the dust. The flare-up was nicknamed the ‘Spanish Flu’ as the Spanish press were the main ones who didn’t conceal the data from the general population.

Considering the progressions made since the hour of these pandemics, we’re confident that COVID-19 also will be killed sooner than later and we’re cheerful for what’s to come. Which of the pandemics on this rundown did you locate the most alarming? Tell us in the remarks segment beneath.

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