Deadly Diseases that affected our history.
Some of the best lessons we ever learn, we learn from our mistakes and failures. The error of the past is the success and the wisdom of the future, (a quote by Tyron Edwards). As we all know, history repeats itself, so those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. What is this all about, you may ask? It’s about the deadly plagues that changed our history. Specialists caution a worldwide pandemic will end mankind as we know it in the next 20 to 30 years. Past pandemics may offer some understanding into what the future holds. Now here are some of the most lethal diseases.
First on the list we have the smallpox. Smallpox is an infection caused by a virus called Variola, which is a member of the poxvirus family. This Virus struck two times in history. First in 430 B.C it struck the city of Athens which killed more than 75,000 to 100,000 people, almost 25% of the population died. It also struck again in Massachusetts in 1633, it was brought by the settlers from France, Netherlands and Great Britain to the Native Americans and it quickly spread between them. The outcome of this virus between the Native Americans was a tragedy, almost 20 million have affected and died. Such great death of the name Smallpox, ironic don’t you think.
Next on list we have one of Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire worst nightmares. It’s that one plague that infected over a million in one year and killed as many as 5,000 people pre-day. Beginning in 541 A.D the Plague swept through Europe, destroying a quarter of the Eastern Mediterranean’s population and 10 percent of the world’s population. Its known as the Plague of Justinian, this disease received its name from Justinian, the leader of the Byzantine Empire at the time.
In 1910 we have the largest plague outbreak also known as the last epidemic in the 20th century that occurred in Manchuria between 1910 and 1911.