Are you at risk from one of the world's deadliest diseases? Within 24 hours, these infections can rapidly attack your body and leave you fighting for your life - flesh-eating bacteria, parasitic heart attacks, and deadly diarrhea are ready to infect their next victims.
Almost 40% of the world's population is at risk of Dengue Fever. Within one day of being bitten by a virus-infected mosquito, victims will experience fevers as high as 41C as well as severe muscle pain and internal bleeding. Without immediate treatment, the virus rapidly destroys the victim's platelets, triggering circulatory failure. It is mainly found in tropical climates and there is still no vaccine or medication that prevents against it.
More than 28,000 people in West Africa have contracted Ebola since 2014. There is currently no cure and almost 70% of those infected will die. It is spread via bodily fluids, but even protective clothing can't completely prevent infection. Within hours of the virus being caught, it ruptures white blood cells and prevents blood from clotting, causing profuse internal bleeding and organs to shut down.
In the 14th century, the Bubonic Plague killed 50 million people. During the last decade, more than 20,000 cases have been reported, including in the USA. In 2015, four people died after being infected by plague-infected prairie dogs. Another victim in the States lost his fingers and toes after contracting the disease from his cat. It can be transmitted into the bloodstream via the bite of an infected flea. If left untreated, 60% of those infected will die, often on the same day of infection.
This is an aggressive respiratory virus that acts like an aggressive form of polio. It is spread through the saliva of an infected person and even via surfaces such as towels and doorknobs. The virus, which attacks the body's breathing and motor functions, can kill its victim overnight and has no specific treatment. In 2014, there was a national outbreak of EVD68 in the USA. This once-rare disease infected nearly 700 people and killed five children.
This vicious disease causes severe dehydration, vomiting and diarrhea. Bacteria targets the small intestine and can kill overnight. Up to five million people around the world are believed to be suffering from the disease, which is caught from contaminated food and water. 120,000 people die every year from Cholera, despite the development of vaccines and antibiotics.
MRSA is a drug-resistant superbug which rapidly destroys blood cells and lung tissue. This untreatable disease thrives in Western hospitals, where it has developed a resistance to antibiotics. It takes advantage of bacterial entry points, such as surgical wounds. Within 24 hours, a gangrenous form of pneumonia will asphyxiate its victims and cause organ failure.
This cuts off oxygen and vital nutrients, killing six million people every year and leaving another five million permanently disabled. If treatment isn't sought immediately, a cerebrovascular attack can be fatal. Survivors are often left blind and unable to speak, and can cause 'locked in syndrome', where a patient is mentally intact but is paralysed.