Panic and pan­demics

CityPress - - Front Page - The Black Death (1347-1351) The Span­ish Flu (1918) HIV/Aids (1981-present) Sars (2002-2003)

Pan­demics – the global out­break of a dis­ease – in­cite fear and panic wher­ever they’re recorded. Th­ese are some of the dead­li­est pan­demics the world has seen

Orig­i­nal car­ri­ers Fleas car­ried on ro­dents and mar­mots In the 14th cen­tury, the world’s pop­u­la­tion was es­ti­mated at 450 mil­lion peo­ple. It is now known as the bubonic plague. It was called the Black Death then be­cause the sailors who brought it from Asia to Europe de­vel­oped black spots on their skin Orig­i­nal car­ri­ers Dif­fer­ing opin­ions: Poul­try and swine, or other mam­malian hosts. The first case of Span­ish Flu – which didn’t come from Spain – was recorded in Kansas, US, in March 1918. It spread fast be­cause of troops liv­ing in close quarters at the tail end of World War 1. The pan­demic burnt out in 1919 Orig­i­nal car­ri­ers African green mon­key, sooty mangabey, chim­panzee This pan­demic is still with us. It was of­fi­cially recog­nised as a dis­ease in 1981 and, by 2011 (ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion), at least 60 mil­lion peo­ple had been in­fected Orig­i­nal car­ri­ers Not cer­tain: Small mam­mals

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