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The fearsome four: Diseases worse than Ebola

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Triponema pallidum, a species of bacteria that causes syphilis

Read Hugh Pennington’s analysis of the diseases we should really be worrying about

E.coli O104:H4

A toxic new strain of the Escherichia coli bacterium. An outbreak in Germany in May 2011 infected over 4,000 people and killed 50. Primarily food-borne, the bacteria causes haemolytic uremic syndrome, which destroys red blood cells and causes vomiting and diarrhoea, at far greater rates than other strains of E.coli.

West Nile virus

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