5 most dangerous viruses in human history


2020-07-07 23:20:18




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5 most dangerous viruses in human history

in Addition to coronavirus, people experienced the strength and other viruses

For all time of its existence, mankind constantly struggles with epidemics and disease outbreaks which periodically erase part of the population from the face of the Earth. Often the pathogens are bacteria, but virus is also not going away. The most tenacious part of them remains undefeated, many of them continue to claim victims. For example not far to seek, coronavirus in just a few months was able to paralyze almost the entire world and caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. So what are the viruses still scare people from around the world, and how do they manifest?

What's a virus?

Virus — non-cellular infectious organism that can only live inside living cells.

Not just because everyone is afraid of viruses. Because they can affect the most complex living organisms (including people), even to kill some dangerous bacteria . Despite the fact that viruses are parasites, meaning they cannot survive by themselves, unlike bacteria, they still .

Any contact with a living cell can activate a virus and to give him food. Very quickly, the virus penetrates inside the cell and releases its genetic material. And there is a case for small — to create copies of itself and to settle in the same way new cells. So the virus spreads throughout the body, be it plant, animal or human.

the Most dangerous viruses

In the history of mankind there are several highly dangerous. Some of them are a threat because of detrimental effects on the body; others have a high degree of survival and resistance even to modern medicines.



smallpox virus

One of the most dangerous infectious diseases in the world — smallpox, caused by a virus variola (Variola). The virus may not manifest itself for up to 17 days, the average incubation period of smallpox is 13 days. Cases of smallpox begins to first feel the headache and fever, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

The Temperature drops in a couple of days, but this does not mean that the virus is defeated. Instead, on the skin and mucosa appears nodular-puzarchaty rash that leaves scars. Due to the fact that the smallpox virus is able to mutate, in some cases, the mortality is 30%, and sometimes 70%. The virus is transmitted by airborne droplets, as well as through items that had contact the infected.

For the corresponding characteristic smallpox lesions of the skin

Smallpox could continue to destroy hundreds of thousands of lives — before each year from this disease died, more than 1.5 million people. However, in the 1960-ies was launched a global immunization programme.

the Last case of human smallpox was recorded 26 October 1977 in Somalia.

Now the smallpox virus finally defeated, but his samples are still stored — however, only in two places on the planet. In scientific centres in Russia and in the United States who study viruses.

And they'd better give him a good guard.


is Swine flu — H1N1 virus

This virus is much younger than smallpox — first outbreak of "swine flu» was registered in 2009 in domestic pigs in Mexico and in the United States. The virus is transmitted as airborne droplets and by household (using objects or eating contaminated meat).

«Swine flu» under the microscope

The"Swine flu" is typical of influenza and SARS symptoms: coughing, runny nose, fever, vomiting, diarrhea. The virus itself is not as dangerous as the complications that it causes. Combines virus subtypes H1N1 (the most common), H1N2, H3N1, H2N2 and H2N3. For the prevention of infection vaccination is used.

Although "the modern swine flu," was discovered not so long ago, its subtypes (types "swine flu") has done bad things in the 50-ies of XX century. Then according to different estimates due to H2N2 had up to 50% of the population, which led to the deaths of 4 million people. The latest epidemic of the virus occurred in 2009-2010; the year of "swine flu" has spread to 214 countries and killed over 18 thousand people. However always .

it is believed that one of the types of "swine flu" epidemic of 1918-1919 spread across the world from Spain. Then half a billion people got sick, 10% of them died.



First Ebola was recorded in 1976 in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), in one of the villages on the banks of the Ebola river, hence its name. First, presumably a virus has been from bats (something in my mind, isn't it?), and then, after eating them, appeared in person.

Ebola Virus looks more interesting to others

The Incubation period of Ebola virus varies from 2 to 21 days, however, is transmitted, it is not so easy — either by close contact between people through mucous membranes or through breaks in the skin. Therefore, the outbreak of Ebola usually manage to suppress. The greatest number of lives claimed by the epidemic in 2013-2016 that has engulfed Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Then according to official data killed 11 thousand people. So muchthe case — be it in African countries usually the statistics are not very good.

Ebola Outbreaks occur mainly in Africa.

The Ebola Virus threat is not a prevalence and consequences of exposure. the Mortality reaches 90%. During the illness the person has fever, jaundice, kidney failure, and it all together. Without medical intervention he dies.

currently being developed vaccine to cure so dangerous an infectious disease. On its creation you can read in directly .


the human immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

One of the most dangerous viruses in human history affects the immune system and weakens the body's defenses against infections and diseases. HIV is transmitted by sexual contact and through blood — when using contaminated instruments, needles, and so on. Also, it can be transmitted from mother to child. The virus causing the disease AIDS — acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Its danger consists primarily in the fact that it may develop even after 2-15 years after infection!

HIV still can not completely beat

In addition, it is still humanity that would completely destroy HIV. However, scientists have learned to treat them with antiretroviral drugs — so can inhibit the activity of the virus and prevent its transmission to others.

believed that HIV appeared in 1920-ies, peredavai from monkeys. The first infected with the virus reportedly died in the Congo in 1959. However, a full description of HIV received only by 1983, when it was studied by the researchers from USA and France.

In 2018, there were approximately 37,9 million people living with HIV. It's the longest "pandemic" in history of mankind, as it is sometimes called scientists. The most dangerous regions are the countries of Africa, where a high level of Contracting the virus. In Russia the first case of AIDS was officially recorded in 1987. For 30 years among Russian citizens caught nearly 1.4 million people died more than 300 thousand.



A type of virus called the coronavirus was first discovered in the 1960-ies. Then they described the cause of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections as in humans and in animals. At the moment there are 39 species of coronavirus infection among which an atypical pneumonia with a mortality rate of about 10% and middle East respiratory syndrome with a mortality rate up to 40%. The latter, as a rule, treated , which survived infection with coronavirus.

virion (particle) coronavirus COVID-19

At the end of 2019 in the world broke out , caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, which soon turned into a pandemic. In just six months, there were nearly 12 million cases of infection in different countries of the world, killed more than half a million people. SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19, but there are those that make it stand out.

Symptoms of coronavirus

  • Dry cough
  • the
  • Runny nose
  • the
  • Shortness of breath
  • the
  • Chills
  • the
  • Tremors
  • the
  • muscle Pain
  • the
  • Headache
  • the
  • sore throat
  • the
  • Loss of taste or smell

many infected with the coronavirus, there are no visible symptoms.

After fixing the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the body, the disease may be difficult until the development of SARS, or does not occur. It is considerably difficult to identify and quarantine the infected. According to estimates by researchers, the number of asymptomatic carriers varies from 25 to 50% that probably explains the rapid spread of the disease across the planet.

Now accurately assess deaths from coronavirus is almost impossible — you need to do tests all the dead people. Most countries do not see the need.

It is Obvious that the coronavirus all over — humanity has not once faced with dangerous viruses, history suggests. The problem is that once you may receive a deadly virus, which will destroy much of the world's population, since, as shown by a coronavirus COVID-19, mankind is not ready for such a pandemic. It is therefore very important to develop medicine and to observe basic hygiene techniques — a shower every day, wash hands with soap and water and try not to contact people who have expressed symptoms of the disease.


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