The Ten Biggest Killers
About 52 million people died from all causes in 1995, according to the report. Of these, more than 17 million were killed by infectious diseases.
- Acute lower respiratory infections such as pneumonia killed 4.4 million people, about 4 million of whom were children.
- Diarrhoeal diseases, including cholera, typhoid and dysentery, spread chiefly by contaminated water or food, killed 3.1 million, most of them children.
- Tuberculosis killed almost 3.1 million, mostly adults.
- Malaria killed 2.1 million people, including 1 million children.
- Hepatitis B infections killed more than 1.1 million people.
- HIV/AIDS killed more than 1 million people.
- Measles killed more than 1 million children.
- Neonatal tetanus killed almost 460 000 infants.
- Whooping cough (pertussis) killed 355 000 children.
- Intestinal worm diseases killed at least 135 000 people.