As if you didn't have enough to worry about, today we count down the Top Five Scariest Diseases Around Today!
#5) SARS- (9.6% fatality rate) according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Within weeks, SARS spread from Hong Kong to infect individuals in 37 countries in early 2003. Epidemiology SARS is still considered a relatively rare disease, with 8,273 cases as of 2003.
#4) ANTHRAX- The mortality rates from anthrax vary, depending on exposure, and are approximately 20% for cutaneous anthrax without antibiotics and 25 - 75% for gastrointestinal anthrax; inhalation anthrax has a fatality rate that is 80% or higher.
#3) EBOLA- EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
#2) MADCOW DISEASE- 100% Fatality Rate if untreated
#1) RABIES- 100% Fatality Rate if Untreated
For those curious why Mad Cow and Rabies were higher on the list than Ebola, let me lay out the case for you using two big reasons:
1) The Scariest Diseases are ones that anyone can catch at anytime. For example, if your in Africa right now, there's an active Ebola outbreak, but if you're in Georgia...no worries. However, anyone whether in Africa or Georgia or anywhere for that matter could get Mad Cow or Rabies.
2) Both are 100% Fatal if Untreated!