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  • Martin

    The title of the article is misleading, I was expecting a list of diseases with the highest mortality rates not a list of diseases that have killed many (though SARS and Ebola seem out of place in this list of number of deaths). If this was based on mortality rate then Rabies would be #1 as it was 100% fatal once symptoms appeared (before 2004). After a new experimental treatment was developed in 2004 the mortality rate is 92% which is still quite high. Ebola would probably be 2nd since it’s mortality rates range from 50-90%.

  • Simon

    Also a new virus (well i say new but been around a while) Hepatitis C possibly D,E,F… Goes unnoticed until it has completely scarred and damaged the liver… Not a quick death but dangerous if left unmanaged with very little treatment to clear it, if It can clear it.

  • Emerovwen

    To me d most deadliest disease is istheamic heart disease. And point of correction homosexuals have high risk of getting aids than heterosexuals. And typhoid is caused by salmonella typhi which is a bacterial and treated with antibiotic-chloraphenicol and cholera is caused by bacteria(vibro cholerae)

  • G Hens

    There is only one virus in this world and all the others come from this one virus. This one virus is called sin. Sin is a virus, and according to the bible, in a full blown state, sin causes death. Following sin on a regular basis, causes all these other diseases to come about in our bodies. Sin causes the body to break down. The only cure for sin is Jesus Christ. Laugh if you must, but it is the truth. Knowledge is power. Jesus is the truth, the life and the way, to a better and more healthy life. If you reply to this as being wrong, or incorrect in anyway, I pray for you to open your bible and tell me different, see it for your self. Jesus is the cure for what ales you.

  • Zelch

    Rabies should be number one, it has the highest case to fatality rate and is far more painful than Ebola. Yes, there is a vaccine but 55,000 people still die every year, a few in the US, mainly from bat bites that go undetected. Once you do get it, you’re almost certainly dead within 10-14 days. Early symptoms are common and go undetected.

    Many of the so called viruses mentioned are of course, not viral, but bacterial. Ebola is bad but I’d much rather have that than rabies. A few have survived but these are mainly very young people with amazing immune systems that have been put into drug comas, this has been tried and failed about 90 percent of the time.

    • Anonymous

      It’s true Ebola has a higher Mortality rate, but I agree rabies is worst because Ebola rarely appears, and even then, only in the developing world.

      • Ryan

        No it doesn’t, since we have identified rabies only 10 poeple have ever survived it after the first symptoms appear (thats a 99.9% mortality rate). Ebola only has a 50% – 90% mortality rate (depending on the strain) which makes rabies a much deadlier virus.

        It also controls the creatures thoughts by making it more violent and increasing the chances of infection, it makes the host salivate much more than usual which means more of the virus is in the mouth where it transmits itself. The most interesting part of rabies is that it makes the host terrified of drinking fluids (hyrdophobia), this in turn means that there is a less chance of the host washing the salvia from the mouth, even the mere thought of drinking causes excruciatingly painful spasms of the muscles in the throat and larynx

        You go completely crazy with paralysis, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, agitation, paranoia, terror, and hallucinations, progressing to delirium…

        The worst part is that rabies is present in every part of the world apart from Australia and New Zealand, that means that you can catch it absoultly anywhere (outside of the forementioned countries)

        • http://www.toptenz.net Shell Harris

          That was a very interesting comment. It is almost as if this virus is a thinking organism. Fascinating information concerning the hydrophobia.

  • Jamesha Woods

    i really think people shouldnt have sex because you dont know who got what in this world

    • Gabe

      How would we reproduce than? Do you want human life to become extinct?

  • praveen

    what about tuberculosis and dengue ?????????? i think those 2 finds a place in top 10

  • Anonymous

    The have been two viruses that have been wiped out, Smallpox and Rinderpest. And the “Spanish Flu” made a reappearance a few years ago but was more commonly known as H1N1 or the Swine Flu.

    • JG

      Those claiming small pox doesn’t exist anymore are incorrect. The US and Russian both still posses small pox and it’s possible others do as well. Given that it was weaponized by the former Soviet Union and those stockpiles are not entirely accounted for, the potential remains that we could see it again someday. Either in it’s natural form or as the recombinant chimera virus ebola-pox which was successfully engineered by Biopreparat scientists.

  • Zama

    can someone provide more details about Ebola diesaes