10 Deadliest Diseases

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MADISON, Wis. — Poverty and poor health go hand in hand. With poverty comes poor education, poor sanitation and lack of access to medical care, which all lead to the proliferation of disease. Poor health also affects economic development when men and women are too sick to work and consequently, can no longer support themselves. Disease and illness create a poverty trap that perpetuates cyclical poverty. Here is a list of the 10 deadliest diseases, all of which contribute to poverty:

10. Syphilis

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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.
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9. Meningitis

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A total of 5-10 percent of people with meningitis die each year  — approximately 174,000 deaths.
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8. Tetanus

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Tetanus deaths are largely concentrated in Sub-Saharan African and South Asia. An estimated 214,000 people die each year from tetanus.
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7. Whooping Cough

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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.
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6. Measles

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Measles largely affects children in Southeast Asia and Africa, killing up to 550,000 people a year.
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5. Tuberculosis

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TB is often fatal when left untreated. Up to 2 billion people have contracted the illness, and 2 million die from it each year.
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4. Diarrhea

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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.
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3. HIV/AIDS

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HIV/AIDs attacks the immune system and makes an individual susceptible to many diseases. Around 3 million people die from HIV/AIDs every year, most of them in Africa.
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2. Malaria

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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.
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1. Respiratory Infections

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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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Sarah Dalgleish

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