Least talked about epidemics often the biggest killers

Diabetes kills millions of people each year, but receives little attention. Credit: Flickr/Aki Hanninen

Also at the Underground Epidemics session, delegates heard that some of the least talked about epidemics are major killers -while some of the most talked about epidemics cause just a fraction of the number of deaths.

Antibiotic resistance and diabetes have joined the list of world’s least talked about epidemics, despite killing millions of people across the world each year.

Meanwhile recent epidemics such as SARS, and outbreaks of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in Europe, received lots of government and attention, but the disruption they caused, and the number of fatalities, were nowhere near those caused by the two latest entrants.

Maina Waruru, freelance science journalist and SciDev.Net contributor


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