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10 Deadliest Diseases

With poverty comes poor education, poor sanitation and lack of access to medical care, which all lead to the proliferation of disease.

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10. Syphilis


Over 12 million people worldwide are diagnosed with syphilis, mainly in the poorest parts of the world. About 157,000 people die each year from syphilis, most of whom are infants that catch the disease from their mothers during birth.

7. Whooping Cough


Whooping cough is highly treatable thanks to modern medicine, but in poorer parts of the world, the disease goes undiagnosed and kills approximately 300,000 people each year.

4. Diarrhea


Diarrhea occurs as a side effect of cholera, dysentery and dehydration. The condition kills an estimated 2.5 million people every year, most of whom are children in the developing world.

2. Malaria


Malaria is transmitted via mosquitoes and is said to kill a child in Africa every 30 seconds. An estimated 4 million people die every year due to malaria, making it one of the world’s single deadliest diseases.

1. Respiratory Infections


Respiratory infections include everything from bronchitis to pneumonia. They are treatable with modern medicine but kill 4 million people every year in the developing world.

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