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Six Difficult to Stop Killer Diseases

Updated on October 2, 2012

Killer diseases around the world are indeed difficult to halt. Although medical knowledge and advance technologies have made significant improvements and breakthroughs, there are still infectious diseases that continue to ravage and claim millions of lives. Moreover some of these diseases continue to take a heavy toll. HIV-AIDS, diarrhea, malaria, measles, pneumonia, and tuberculosis pass on a disease to million of individuals, killing numerous children and young adults.


There are about six million people that are infected with HIV, and about 20 million people succumbed to AIDS.

In 2005 there were about five million cases of new infections and 3 million cases of AIDS-related deaths.


There are about four billion cases every year, dubbed as a potent killer among the poor, is caused by various infectious diseases that can be transmitted by contaminated water, or food, or even lack of a good personal hygiene. These infections result in deaths toll of not less than two-million people annually. One of friend succumbed to diarrhea several years ago, which he took lightly but left him dehydrated eventually die.

Aids Patient in South Africa, Picture courtesy of National Geographic.
Aids Patient in South Africa, Picture courtesy of National Geographic.



There are about 300 million people that are infected with this dreaded and deadly disease. About one-million victims die each year. In Africa one child dies of malaria every 30 seconds which is indeed an alarming rate. “Science has no magic bullet for malaria and many doubt that such single solution will ever exist.” According to World Health Organization.


In 2003, this deadly disease killed over half-million people. One of the leading cause of death among children, measles is vastly contagious. Each year about 30 million people contract measles although effective and cheap vaccine against measles was available for the past four decades.


According to WHO, pneumonia is the leading cause of deaths among children than any other infectious deaths. Around two million children five years below die of pneumonia every year, and most of these deaths take place in Africa and Southeast Asia. In many parts of the planet, inadequate access to health facilities foils victims from acquiring medical treatments that could’ve save them.


In 2003, tuberculosis (TB) caused the death of more than 1.7 million people around the world. The appearance of drug-resistant TB germs is one of the main worries of health officials. Some of these strains have developed resistance to all major anti-TB treatments and medications. Drug-resistant TB strains normally develop in patients who go through poor supervision or have an incomplete medical treatment.


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      Romanfada 5 years ago

      I think we cause this killer disease your self so we watch what we do.

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      Abdullahi Jarmari. 6 years ago

      Is African Governments fails to eradicate Malaria or are the doctors' fault including the people living in those areas. Please, look over it. Thanks.

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      Sandy Hayford 6 years ago


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      Gener Geminiano 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      thanks for the visit guys...

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      cindy 6 years ago

      mat god help us

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      Jonelle 7 years ago

      poliomyelitis(polio) is one of the six killer diseases

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks habee, Georgina, and Philen for dropping by and commenting... I appreciate it very much

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow. Scary but good hub. Thumbs up!

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      Georgina_writes 8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Interesting hub. I work part time as a nurse in the UK and we have a real problem with people opting out of the Measles vaccination programme, so we're seeing this on the rise. Sadly I'm old enough to remember when this disease caused real problems for kids, including death. Also last year I saw a few cases of whooping cough, as parents chose not to vaccinate, then wanted treatment for their child. There is no treatment if the disease is uncomplicated, your kid just has to cough until they vomit for around three months. OK I'll get off my soap box now!

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      Philent 8 years ago

      TB is easier to cure now a days. As for diarrhea, I never thought it would be included in top6 and that it could be a serious disease...scary cause it's a common sickness especially to kids.

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      yeah it is thanks for the smart comment and finding time to drop by...

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      Jeff Davis 8 years ago from California

      its sad that so many die just because they don't have access to simple things many take for granted, like an anti biotic or a mosquito net

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      I think Indonesia has Kina pills for Malaria, I don't know if African people will suitable with the cure. Thank's for sharing.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      I think Indonesia has Kina pills for Malaria, I don't know if African people will suitable with the cure. Thank's for sharing.

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      agusfanani 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Some believe that killer diseases will always prevail as a mechanism in population control.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      Unfotunately, Malaria is still hitting many African countries till this day despite all the precautions! This is sad to occur in the 21st century... Nice one GH.