11 Biggest Epidemics in Human History

The ongoing Ebola epidemic has sparked fears around the world, in part due to the horrific symptoms associated with the disease and the current lack of cure. It has killed more than 11,000 people since December 2013, in by far the largest recorded outbreak of the deadly virus. While the epidemic originated in West Africa, cases of the disease have appeared in the U.S., Spain and Germany. However, diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria also remain endemic in many parts of the world, and HIV/AIDS continues to blight much of sub-Saharan Africa. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 11 biggest epidemics in human history.

Scientists and medical researchers have for years have differed over the exact definition of a pandemic (is it a pandemic, or an epidemic), but one thing everyone agrees on is that the word describes the widespread occurrence of disease, in excess of what might normally be expected in a geographical region. Cholera, bubonic plague, smallpox, and influenza are some of the most brutal killers in human history. And outbreaks of these diseases across international borders, are properly defined as pandemic, especially smallpox, which throughout history, has killed between 300-500 million people in its 12,000 year existence. You can also check our list of Deadly Diseases Cured in the 20th Century.

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