There exist a number of potent diseases that can kill you within 24 hours. These infections will rapidly attack your body and leave you fighting for your life. Here’s a list of top 5 diseases that will kill you in a day.
Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola, is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by ebola viruses and is one of the deadliest diseases. More than 28000 people in West Africa have contracted Ebola since 2014 and there is currently no cure for the disease and at least 70% of all those infected will die. Ebola is spread through bodily fluids, but even full protective clothing and quarantine units can’t completely prevent infection. Within hours of the virus being caught, it ruptures white blood cells and prevents blood from clotting. This causes victims to bleed profusely internally, as well as through their eyes, rectum, mouth, ears and noses as their organs shut down. In 2014 a Scottish nurse was successfully treated for ebola after catching the disease in Sierra Leone.But the following year, she fell critically ill as the virus still hadn’t left her body.
Bubonic plague is one of three types of bacterial infection caused by yersinia pestis. Three to seven days after exposure to the bacteria flu like symptoms develop. This includes fever, headaches and vomiting. Swollen and painful lymph nodes occur in the area closest to where the bacteria entered the skin. This is one of the diseases that has killed more than 50 million people in the 14th century. During the last decade more than 20,000 cases of the plague were still being reported, including in America. In 2015, 4 people in Utah died from Plague-infected prairie dogs. A year earlier American Paul Gaylord lost his fingers and toes after he caught the disease from his cat. The disease is transmitted into your bloodstream through the bite of an infected flea. The bacteria then replicates inside the body’s lymph nodes, producing agonizing, inflamed pustules, called buboes. Victims will vomit blood and experience seizures, but one of the most painful symptoms is necrosis, which causes limbs to rot while the patient is still alive. If left untreated 60% of those infected will die, often on the same day of infection.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. It is also called oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA). MRSA is any strain of Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA) that has developed, through the process of natural selection, resistance to beta lactam antibiotics, which include the penicillins and the cephalosporins. Strains unable to resist these antibiotics are classified as
methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus or MSSA
MRSA is a drug resistant superbug that rapidly destroys blood cells and lung tissue. This is one of the untreatable diseases that thrive in Western hospitals, where it has developed a resistance to antibiotics. It takes advantage of bacterial entry points, such as surgical wounds. Today 90,000 Americans contract the disease every year. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria travel to the respiratory system and start to rot the lungs. Within 24 hours, a gangrenous form of pneumonia will asphyxiate its victims and cause organ failure.
Cerebrovascular disease cuts off oxygen and vital nutrients, killing 6 million people every year, and leaving another 5 million permanently disabled. If treatment isn’t sought within 3 to 6 hours the cerebrovascular attack can be fatal. During a stroke 32000 brain cells die every minute causing immediate numbness in the face and limbs, as well as dizziness. Survivors are often left blind and unable to speak. And when a blood clot blocks the body’s critical basilar artery system, it can cause locked-in syndrome.
This leaves patients mentally intact, but still experiencing head-to-toe paralysis.
Necrotizing fasciitis is an invasive bacterial infection that viciously attacks the body’s tissue. The infection usually occurs in hospital patients who have an open wound, but can infect people through paper cuts. Once in the wound the bacteria release toxins that rot the body’s tissue. An estimated 1500 people contract the disease every year. In most cases, limb amputation is the only option to stop the bacteria spreading. But even with antibiotic and surgical treatment a third of all patients will die.