Biggest Viral Epidemic Outbreaks
DATE -- VIRUS -- LOCATION -- # OF CASES -- # OF DEATHS
1790s -- SMALLPOX -- Europe -- unknown cases -- 400,00 deaths
1918-19 SPANISH FLU - worldwide - 2 billion cases -- 40 million deaths
1957-59 ASIAN FLU - worldwide - 1 billion cases -- 1 million deaths
1968-69 HONG KONG FLU - worldwide - unknown cases -- 500,000 deaths
1981 to present HIV - worldwide -- 41 million cases -- 3 million deaths to date
from The Golden Age of Antiviral Drugs Thu Oct 9, 6:34 PM ET
HCV ISN'T MENTIONED HERE but if I read the WHO website correctly, 169.7 million people are *reported* infected with HCV worldwide.
from Emerging Infectious Diseases: "Based on prevalence rates ranging from 0.1% to 33% in different countries, WHO estimates today that as many as 3% of the world's population could be infected with HCV and that there may be some 200 million chronic carriers who are at risk of developing liver cirrhosis and/or liver cancer."
Couldn't find any statistic on deaths at the moment. WHO stats pages are not responding.
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