5 Epidemics Which We Should Be More Afraid of Than Ebola

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With the recent Ebola scare that happened a few months ago, people can’t help but be scared about this virus. However, did you know that there are other epidemics that we should be more scared of other than Ebola? Shocking but this is real! And it could happen any given time. Now if you want to know what they are, read on for more.

1. Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis or TB is spread through the air. This causes the lungs to be infected by bacteria and produce thick and infectious mucus. Though you may say that this is a thing of the past when people have been contacted with consumption; this is still a very real sickness that has affected many people. In fact, thousands of people are infected with TB and they might not even know it. Although this can be treated over a year, there are now drug-resistant forms of TB that has been found in India and Russia. And since they are airborne, it is so easy to spread this disease. There have been many organizations that are researching for the best treatment of this illness but only a few are making real progress.

2. Influenza

At first influenza doesn’t sound scary but did you know that it kills more people than Ebola? Depending on the kind of influenza virus that’s prominent, the death rates may double up. It has been estimated that about 3 to 5 million become ill with influenza every year. This is why it is recommended to have annual flu shots to keep the risks of influenza at bay. Although some people might think that only the old, the very ill or young are affected with this illness that is not entirely true as anyone can be infected.

3. Mosquito-borne viruses

One of the most alarming illnesses is the ones carried by a simple mosquito bite. Among these are dengue, malaria and many others. A bite of a mosquito can cause and spread parasites and viruses. About 40% of the world’s population is at risk of serious illnesses and deaths caused by mosquito-borne diseases. Dengue fever alone can infect people living in South America, Africa, Mexico and Asia. According to research, about 22,000 people die each year of this illness especially from dengue hemorrhagic fever that can lead to septic shock. Another alarming mosquito-borne illness is the yellow fever which can be found in places like Africa and Latin America. About 30,000 people are estimated to die from this condition worldwide. The West Nile virus is also a mosquito-borne illness that is spread by a bit of a mosquito that had come in contact with birds that are infected with this virus. What’s even deadlier is that they never show any signs or symptoms until it’s too late. In 1999, about 1,200 people were killed in the US because of this illness.

4. Food-borne illnesses

This is due to the pathogens and bacteria found in our food. E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Norovirus and Campylobacter are among the deadly pathogens which can be found in food if it is not prepared well. According to studies about 128,000 people have been admitted to hospitals and about 3,000 people die each year because of these pathogens. Unfortunately there are no vaccines for this illness but proper food preparation and cooking can be done to avoid these pathogens from entering the body.

5. Measles

According to studies, measles can cause serious illness in children. When infected, there’s a chance that the condition can lead to pneumonia or encephalitis (although this is very rare). About a thousand children who contact measles can die if not treated immediately. Fortunately, there is vaccine for this condition so it is important that they should be given accordingly to avoid contacting this illness.