Top Ten Killer Diseases

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6. Measles


An estimated 530,000 people die from measles annually. This includes children mostly. Every year, more than 30 million people are infected with the virus. Measles can lead to brain damage, blindness and can also make children prone to diarrhea and Pneumonia. If left untreated it can become fatal.


7. Whooping Cough or Pertussis

Whooping Cough

The death toll from whooping cough is 200,000 to 300,000 fatalities each year. There are about 20 million to 40 million cases annually. Whooping cough is a highly contagious and severe bacterial disease of the respiratory tract. It can spread through talking, sneezing or coughing.


8. Tetanus


The death toll from tetanus is 214,000 deaths a year. The infection rate is 500,000 cases a year. Tetanus is also known as lockjaw. It is a potentially fatal disease of the central nervous system. It is characterized by prolonged contraction of the skeletal muscle fibers. Infection generally spreads through wound contamination.


9. Meningitis


There are over 174,000 deaths a year from meningitis. Meningitis affects at least a million people every year. It is a fatal infection of the tissues covering the spinal cord and the brain. 5-10% of patients die even with early diagnosis and treatment. Droplets from the throat or breath can cause this infection to spread. It can also spread through sharing of eating and drinking utensils and close contact with infected persons.


10. Syphilis


The death toll from syphilis is around 157,000 deaths a year. Around 12.2 million cases get infected worldwide. This disease spreads through sexual contact and can also be transmitted internally from an infected mother directly to her baby. In fact, the disease was called the “Great Imitator” because it was often confused with other diseases, particularly in its tertiary stage. Syphilis can generally be treated with antibiotics, including Penicillin.

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