There are two prime contenders for the title of the worst pandemic in human history - The bubonic plague of 14th Century Europe and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. The Spanish flu pandemic is estimated to have affected roughly 500 million people and caused 20 million to 50 million deaths worldwide between 1918 and 1920--more than World War I. The bubonic plague killed as many as 50 million people, possibly 60 percent of the population of Europe, beginning about 1346.
- Q What is an example of a historical pandemic?
- Q What role do microorganisms play in pandemics?
- Q What is the deadliest pandemic-causing disease in history?
- Q Why do pandemic outbreaks occur?
- Q What could cause a historical-type pandemic today?
- Q What would a serious influenza pandemic look like today?