The Ebola outbreak that was first reported in March 2014 has infected more than 28,000 people, with more than 11,300 deaths.
Pandemics are generally defined as epidemics that occur over a wide area, crossing international boundaries and affecting a large number of people. Following are some of history’s largest pandemics, with their estimated death tolls.
Compiled by Jennifer Shyue ’17
Plague of Justinian
Third Plague Pandemic
China/India and beyond
1918 Flu Pandemic
H1N1 influenza virus
Sources: Centers for Disease Control; World Health Organization; Wikipedia; The New York Times