Diseases and epidemics happen so rare, but when it does, isolation and total chaos are next. When studying human history, you will realize that worst epidemics started thousands of years Epidemics 1Credit: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/668445ago, and still different unknown diseases sometimes become viral. In this day and age, illnesses are quite strange - they are most likely to be new which are not recorded in the history yet. These diseases seem to keep up with the advancement of medical technologies, they are getting stronger, infect quickly and can take life in an instant if not given proper medical aid.

 As new treatments are being discovered every day, these illnesses are evolving as well. Worst epidemics can happen anywhere, anytime and to anyone. Even the most powerful countries are not safe when epidemics spread. The only difference today is the fact that a person’s immune system can now be strengthen for viruses unlike several centuries ago.

Here are some of the worst epidemics recorded:

  • Smallpox (1633-1634) – the outbreak of this awful disease happened in America when first European settlers decided to migrate. Europeans brought the disease in North America, particularly the Northeast section which resulted to a total wipeout of Native American tribes.
  • Yellow Fever Epidemic (1793) - yellow fever disease is distinguished by black vomit and yellow-skin. The epidemic happened in Philadelphia, summertime of 1973. It started when refugees from Sto. Domingo arrived after a slave rebellion. During that time, news about the disease spread all over the metro of Philadelphia, and with this it came out to be like a ghost town.
  • The Black Death (1348) – This was the first serious disease that killed almost half of Europe’s population, spreading as well in some regions of India and China. Studies confirmed that this was caused by Yersinia pestis, bacteria that thrive in dirty and rat-infested places. Further studies were done and current medical approaches are able to provide effective medicines that lessen the impact to one’s health. Signs of this disease include fever, cough, difficulty in breathing and swollen lymph glands.
  • Typhus (1918-1922) – these bacteria mostly stay in filthy environment. Typhus outbreak weakens some of the military defense during World War I, killing soldiers. Typhus also affected their workforce as some of them had to attend to the needs of the sick. This happened in people in Russia, Romania, Poland and other areas of Eastern Europe.
  • Asian Flu (1957) – this illness is somehow the same of that influenza virus A, similar to what causes swine and bird flu. The outbreak started in China in 1956, then it finally arrived in the US the following year. It was detected early, reason for medical experts to come up with a vaccine to cure the disease. Before it developed a cure however, it completely wiped out 70,000 Americans.

Sometimes, these diseases can be acquired when traveling to other parts of the world. When a certain area is known to have contagious diseases, avoid having personal contact with its people as well as visiting the place.