Ebola Outbreak: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Deadly Diseases

By Spencer Hart

Although the disease has been completely eradicated, the virus hasn’t: it’s being kept in two internationally agreed laboratories; the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, US, and the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology (VECTOR) in Koltsovo, Russia.

It was in 1976 that two simultaneous outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease occurred: one in Nzara, Sudan; the other appearing in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Known as the miasma theory, from Ancient Greece until the 1800s, we believed that ‘bad air’ or ‘night air’ was responsible for diseases such as cholera, chlamydia and the black death.

If you’re fascinated by the sickening details of global illness, here are 12 things you might not have known about sickness and disease (hypochondriacs may not want to read on).

It was commonplace to name it after your enemy, so it was called the ‘French Disease’ by Italy, Poland and Germany, the ‘Italian Disease’ by France, the Dutch called it the ‘Spanish Disease’ and the Russians called it the ‘Polish Disease’.

Mary was the first identified asymptomatic carrier of typhoid, meaning she carried the disease without showing any symptoms.

Read more here: Gizmodo


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