SIX UNDEFEATED KILLER DISEASES
Over 2,700 years ago, a prophet spoke of a future time when sickness will be no more. But can this statement be real considering the enormous diseases that have continue to plaque mankind. Medical knowledge and related technologies continues to advance at an unprecedented rate. In spite of this, plaques of infectious diseases are still ravaging the world. Today there still exist six killer diseases that is still ravaging the world and they remain undefeated, here are some basic facts about them:
Annually, some 300 million people get ill from malaria. About one million victims die every year, many of them children. In Africa, one child dies of malaria about every 30 seconds. According to the world health organization (WHO), “science still has no magic bullet for malaria and many doubts that such a single solution will ever exist.”
Some 60 million people have been infected with HIV, and about 20 million have died of AIDS. During 2005 there were five million new infections and more than three million AIDS related deaths. The victims include the more than 500,000 children. The vast majority of HIV victims have no access to adequate treatment.
During 2003, measles killed more than 500,000 people. A leading cause of death among children, measles is a contagious disease. Every year some 30 million people contract measles. Ironically, an effective and inexpensive vaccine against measles has been available for the past 40 years.
With about four billion cases every year, diarrhea is describe as a major killer among the poor. It is caused by various infectious diseases that can be spread by contaminated water or food or a lack of good personal hygiene. These infections result in a yearly death toll of more than two million people.
During 2003, tuberculosis (TB) caused the death of over 1,700,000 people. Of great concern to health officials is the emergence of drug-resistant TB germs. Some strains have developed resistance to all major anti-TB medications. Drug-resistant TB strains develop in patients who undergo poorly supervised or incomplete medical treatment
More children die of pneumonia than of any other related infectious diseases claims WHO. About two million children under the age of five die of pneumonia every year. Most of these deaths take place in Africa and Southeast Asia. In many parts of the world, limited access to health facilities prevents victims from getting lifesaving medical treatment.