It is not enough to live, you need to live healthy.  Disease 1Credit: day, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are dying from different diseases.  Have you watched the news lately?  Apart from the increasing death toll caused by accidents, serious illnesses have their fair share for the mortality rate to escalate every year.  Though death is a natural phenomenon, nobody wants to experience infectious or serious diseases before dying.

Plague and disease outbreaks are actually part of human history.  Here are some of the deadliest diseases that need proper medication to avoid worsening the situation.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

This disease originated in Africa wherein the virus has been transferred from monkeys to humans.  From there on, thousands of lives have been affected because of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the virus which causes the deadly AIDS.  Come to think of it, in 1981 alone, over 25 million people died because of AIDS.

This is a severe disease; once you have it, you can never get away from it.  Thus, different health organizations are helping to build the morale of the victims.  According to WHO (World Health Organizations) in 2012, there are an approximately 35.3 million people suffering from this illness which is why WHO started an effort to give counseling, proper treatment and assistance to the affected victims.


This has been stated in the Bible, one of the oldest pandemics that are continuously happening today.  Leprosy is caused by Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis which will attack the upper respiratory part of the human body.  Almost all people affected by this disease are usually quarantined and treated as outcasts.

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) started to infect Chinese people in 2002.  This disease is caused by SARS coronavirus, which will eventually develop to pneumonia and can easily infect the people surrounding the victims through sneezing, mucus when coughing or air particles inhaled by the other person.  SARS began to spread all over different countries which resulted to death of hundreds of people affected.


This disease came from mosquito that still poses global concern today.  Unlike other illnesses Disease 2Credit: certain vaccines can boost the victims’ overall health, WHO said that the parasite causing this problem developed resistance to different malaria medicines.

Every year, around 300-500 million people are affected by this disease and an estimated one million of them face death.  Generally, young children living in Africa, are the ones most affected by this disease.


Tuberculousis (TB) is still existent and still out of control.  This is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, though curable, a person with this disease needs proper medication.  This is usually second to AIDS when it comes to the number of victims, and in 2012 it is said that 8.6 million were greatly affected and more than a million died.

These are just a few of the diseases that you need to be careful with.  Usually, travelers can easily get these from the countries they have visited, so it is always better to check the place you’re going to than to be sorry in the long run.