Ebola may be making headlines right now as one of the most virulent disease in the world with up to a 90 per cent death rate, but what are the world’s deadliest modern diseases? We’ve done the research, so let’s take a look:
These diseases basically involve the passing of watery or loose stools, something you’d normally experience for a couple of days, tops. However, chronic diarrhea occurs when the condition persists for a minimum of four weeks and prove life threatening for some. These conditions claim a staggering 2.46 million lives per year, usually children who live in developing countries where viruses and dirty water can cause chronic diarrhea.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Also known as COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease targets your lungs and can make it very difficult for you to breathe. The disease can come in the form of chronic bronchitis, or emphysema which destroys your lungs over time.
Lower Respiratory Infections
This could either be bronchitis or pneumonia; neither are pretty, and between the two, claim around 3.46 million lives each year. Fortunately, there are now vaccines to prevent the two main causes, influenza and pneumococcal disease.
Commonly referred to as a stroke, this disease occurs when there is an interruption to the brain’s blood flow. A hemorrhagic stroke is when the blood vessel bursts open, while an ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage. Both prevent the brain from receiving oxygen, which can lead to permanent damage. 6.5 million people a year die as a result of strokes.
Ischemic Heart Disease
Finally, the biggest killer on our list. Ischemic heart disease is caused by blocked arteries, preventing the heart from receiving enough blood and oxygen to function. 7.25 million people die as a result of ischemic heart disease each year.