10 dreadful diseases that often result in death

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Life truly is a crapshoot. There are an almost countless number of diseases lurking that can strike any one of us at any time. While some unfortunate souls probably spend too much time dwelling on dark subjects like this, the majority of us are content to go about our business without devoting too much of our time to hand-wringing about diseases or the prospect of being struck by lightning. That is probably the best way to get along in this life, and although worrying all the time is certainly not recommended, sticking one’s head in the sand doesn’t seem like the way to go either. With that in mind, here are 10 nasty diseases that you definitely don’t want to come into contact with.

1. Mad Cow Disease

This one surely qualifies as one of the worst of the worst. This falls under a class of infections called prion diseases, and can inflict both humans and animals. Worse yet, it can make the jump from animal to human. Mad Cow Disease, also known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, can be contracted by eating contaminated meat and through blood transfusions with blood that has been contaminated with the protein that causes the disease. The disease attacks the brain and basically consumes it, leading eventually to death. The disease is 100 percent fatal, but fortunately it is rare. Research continues in an effort to find a way to combat the disease.

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