Modern Epidemic

Out of the three diseases that we have been working on in class, I would consider Leprosy to be a modern epidemic disease. Smallpox is not a disease that people have been infected with yearly. The last case of smallpox in the U.S. was in the year 1949 and the last case of it in the world was in 1977. This is before many of us were even born. Bubonic Plague is also an old ancient times disease that is no longer around. Leprosy on the other hand has infected about 180,000 worldwide in this day and age, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most of the people infected are individuals in Africa and Asia. In the U.S. approximately 200 people are diagnosed with this disease every year, this to me makes leprosy a more modern disease than the rest. 


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