A  Look at 8 of the Worst  Pandemics in History 


Death Toll: 36 million. Cause:  HIV/AIDS

ASIAN FLU (1956-1958)

Death Toll: 2 million Cause: Influenza

Originated in China in 1956 and lasted until 1958.  The World Health Organization places the final tally at approximately 2 million deaths, 69,800 of those in the US alone.


Death Toll: 20 -50 million Cause: Influenza.

Infected over a third of the world’s population and ended the lives of 20 – 50 million people. 

FLU PANDEMIC (1889-1890)

Death Toll: 1 million. Cause: Influenza.

Originally the “Asiatic Flu” or “Russian Flu” as it was called. THIRD CHOLERA PANDEMIC (1852–1860)

Death Toll: 1 million  Cause: Cholera.

Third Cholera Pandemic originated in India, spreading through Asia, Europe, North America and Africa and ending the lives of over a million people. 

THE BLACK DEATH (1346-1353)

Death Toll: 75 – 200 million. Cause: Bubonic Plague

Ravaged Europe, Africa, and Asia.


Death Toll: 25 million Cause: Bubonic Plague.
Thought to have killed perhaps half the population of Europe. the  Plague of Justinian left its mark on the world, kilTing up to a quarter of the population of the Eastern Mediterranean and devastating the city of Constantinople, where at its height it was killing an estimated 5,000 people per day and eventually resulting in the deaths of 40% of the city’s population.


Death Toll: 5 million Cause: Unknown.

Affected Asia Minor, Egypt, Greece, and Italy. This unknown disease was brought back to Rome by soldiers returning from Mesopotamia around 165AD; unknowingly which would end up killing over 5 million people.