Infographic on deadly disease

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GOOD has an interesting infographic on deadly disease outbreaks throughout history. Though measles and smallpox are the most prolific microscopic assassins, claiming over 500 million lives, these diseases have been around forever -- measles since the 7th century BC, smallpox since 10,000 BC.

What's more surprising to me is that the Spanish Flu killed up to 100 million people in just over a year's time as the 1918 flu epidemic spread.

Read the post on GOOD here.

Brian Mossop is currently the Community Editor at Wired, where he works across the brand, both magazine and website, to build and maintain strong social communities. Brian received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in 2006. His postdoctoral work was in neuroscience at UCSF and Genentech.

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