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It’s hard to imagine — in this day of super antibiotics and advanced medicine — but there was a time in history when a single disease could cause the deaths of thousands of people virtually overnight.

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The Italian Plague of 1629–1631 was a series of outbreaks of bubonic plague which occurred from 1629 through 1631 in northern Italy. This epidemic, often referred to as Great Plague of Milan, claimed ...

Domain: Health care; Category: Diseases

The Great Plague of Marseille was one of the most significant European outbreaks of bubonic plague in the early 18th century. Arriving in Marseille, France in 1720, the disease killed 100,000 people ...

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The first signs of plague in Moscow appeared in late 1770, which would turn into a major epidemic in the spring of 1771. The measures undertaken by the authorities, such as creation of forced ...

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Malaria is still a major problem in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 90 percent of all deaths from the disease occur. WHO estimates that in 2012, there were ...

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Tuberculosis, consumption, or just TB killed more people than any other disease during the 19th and early-20th centuries, according to the Harvard University Library. It is caused by a bacterium ...

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Named for Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, who ruled during the outbreak along with co-regent Lucius Verus, the outbreak began in 165 and lasted until 180. An estimated five million people ...

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This is a pandemic we're still battling. Originating in Cameroon and first recognized as a disease in 1981, the earliest documented case is believed to be in 1959 in the Congo. As of 2011 at least 60 ...

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