The battle against deadly diseases is far from over. Modern pandemics like AIDS and swine flu show that, even in the 21st century, we aren’t entirely free from the threat of disease. And there’s always the cheery possibility that the next epidemic will be our Black Death – a metaphorical grim reaper sent to Earth, and the cause of so much death and suffering that it changes the society we live in forever. Read on for the 10 most devastating epidemics in history.


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