The five dead­li­est plagues

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SPAN­ISH FLU: Thought to have come from birds via pigs, it’s said to have claimed the lives of 50 to 100mil­lion peo­ple across the globe be­tween 1918 and 1919. SMALL­POX: An in­fec­tious dis­ease unique to hu­mans, it was re­spon­si­ble for an es­ti­mated 300 to 500m deaths dur­ing the 20th cen­tury but has now been com­pletely de­stroyed. TY­PHUS: Caused by louse-borne bac­te­ria, and trans­ported by mice and rats, it is said to have killed three mil­lion peo­ple be­tween 1918 and 1922 – and most of Napoleon’s sol­diers in Rus­sia.

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