Worst Plagues In History

≤p≥The definition of plague is one of those which evoke fear, suffering, thoughts of excruciating pain and death. The epidemic has brought so many incurable illnesses that the whole humanity felt its impact. Diseases have killed millions of people, entire nations. Even wars haven't taken so many lives as the plague has. It is agonizing, severe, and gut-wrenching. It killed millions of people all over the world, and only the lucky ones managed to survive.≤/p≥ ≤p≥The world history knows a lot of instances of massive epidemics. In this article, you will find out information about the worst 10 plagues which ruined millions of lives. Some of the illnesses are now curable while others can be still spread on dirty territories where there are no sanitary norms.≤/p≥ ≤p≥You will see shocking statistics, numbers of deaths, casualties. And this all was real. Sometimes, it is even too hard to believe that these tragedies happened on Earth.≤/p≥

1

The Black Death 1347 – 1351

Belonging to the bubonic plague history, Black Death killed half of the European population as well as brought death to China and India. This illness is still not eradicated, and its virus spreads in the most impoverished regions. However, the threat of death is now lower thanks to modern medicinal breakthroughs.

2

Antonine Plague

The cruel epidemic in Europe refers to the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius who reigned in 161-180, belonged to the Antonin dynasty, hence the name of the Antonine plague. The reasons for pandemic were smallpox or measles, which were incurable during that ancient time.

3

Moscow Plague and Riot

The situation in Moscow started to deteriorate in the middle of 18th century. People who were working at poor factories in unsanitary conditions were the most vulnerable. Garbage and waste were not removed, there was a shortage of food, more and more people became ill. This triggered panic and inner-city riots.

4

American Plagues 16th Century

When the interaction between Native Americans and the Europeans started, lots of new illnesses were triggered for both nations. The former suffered from smallpox and measles, and the latter came down with syphilis. These types of plague killed thousands of people from Central and South America, and then from Europe.

5

Great Plague of London 1665 – 1666

A severe massive outbreak of disease happened in England and killed one-fifth of the population of London. Such types of plague are called bubonic because they are infectious. Although the center of the epidemic was London, the contagion impacted other regions, causing deaths in the whole England.

6

Plague of Justinian

Plague of Justinian began in 541 in the Eastern Roman Empire when Justinian was the ruler (the epidemic is named after him). The Emperor suffered from illness in 543 and managed to recover. Regarding the geographical span of the outbreak, these plaques are compared to the Black Death.

7

Plague of Athens

This epidemic broke out in the Ancient Athens. The time when everything happened is connected with the Peloponnesian War. It is on the list of pandemics which played a crucial role in the world history. It is said that the loss in this war served as spur to the further success of the Macedonians.

8

The Third Pandemic 1855 – 1950s

This epidemic is on the list of plagues which killed the biggest amount of people. Casualties accounted for 12 million people in China and India alone, as these territories were central for the outburst. Due to trading, the illness spread over the whole world killing more and more inhabitants.

9

Great Plague of Marseille

In the early 18th century, Marseille was a port city with the significant trading crossings of the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. The infection was brought in one of the ships, and it killed 100,000 citizens during the following years. A huge wall was built to prevent the rapid spread of the pandemic to Provence.

10

Great Plague of Milan

If you ask when was the plague most serious outburst, the answer will be the Great Plague of Milan. This evil illness took away more than 280,000 lives. The epidemic spread over Venice and Lombardy. Because of the military invasions, the infection was carried to other territories, including Milan.