12 Epidemics People Thought Would Wipe Out The Human Race

Swine Flu – 12,469 dead, 60.8 million infected

The official H1N1 pandemic lasted from April 2009 until April 2010 and was one of the worst flu outbreaks in modern history. Although the dangers of another Spanish Flu have passed, the swine flu demonstrated that we are still vulnerable.

Ebola Outbreak of 2014 – 4,922 dead, 10,141 infected 

While Ebola has proven less dangerous to Americans, in West Africa it’s a different story. Since the outbreak began in March it has claimed nearly 5,000 lives and continues to spread.

The Third Cholera Pandemic (1852-1860)

Cholera is a bacterial infection that is mainly contracted through food and water. A recent cholera outbreak in Haiti made headlines just recently, but the largest cholera outbreak known to mankind is the Third Cholera Outbreak that originated in India and spread far beyond its borders, killing as many as 23 000 people in Britain alone.

The Asian Flu Pandemic (1957)

The Asian Flu Pandemic was an outbreak of avian influenza that originated in China and spread worldwide. The estimated death rate was one to two million.

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