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5 Fastest Growing Diseases in the World

5 Fastest Growing Diseases in the World

It is often the subject of the latest Hollywood movie: an outbreak of a disease threatens millions of life.  But it isn’t science fiction.  There are diseases out there that are threatening many lives.  We have gathered just five of them to help you get a better understanding.

  1. Denque fever – This has been called the “fastest growing vector borne disease in the world.”  It is a viral illness that is spread by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes.  Once common in Southeast Asia, it has now spread to Latin American, Asia, Africa, North America, and even Australia.  It has also been called “breakbone fever” due to the muscle cramps it causes and can be fatal if left untreated.
  2. Lyme disease – The illness associated with tick bites is also on the rise.  Because Lyme disease can often look like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Bell’s Palsy, and others, it can go untreated and cause loads of damage.  It is most commonly found through the distinct “bull’s-eye” mark associated with tick bites.
  3. AIDS – This remains the fastest growing STD in the world and is getting worse.  The region with the most new cases is in the ex-communist parts of the world.  There are an estimated 1.4 million in that region with another 210,000 expected to be diagnosed this year.  It is also prevalent in the Middle East, Africa, and the United States.
  4. HPV – However, in the United States and other parts of the world the Human Papilloma Virus is the fastest growing STD.  Because many people who have it don’t know it, it can grow to cause more serious problems such as cancer in the reproductive systems of both men and women.
  5. Diabetes – This disease takes the cake when it comes to fastest growing diseases, especially in the U.S.  In the last 20 years, the number of people with diabetes has increased 767%.  It is also a big problem in other countries, such as China and India, which rank higher in total number of people with diabetes.    There are even regions in the Caribbean and Middle East where 20% of the population is affected, with the number expected to rise.  Adult onset, type 2 diabetes is the most common and is associated with overeating, inactivity, and food and drinks that are heavily sugared.

Brooke Stafford is a nursing practitioner student and also writes for www.onlinefnp.com Family Nurse Practitioner Degrees.   The site helps students find the right nurse practitioner degree to fit their needs.

By Brooke Stafford

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