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Epidemics 2001-2017

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Most of the reported epidemics happened in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, The Democratic Republic of Congo is leading that list, followed by Nigeria, Niger, Uganda and Sudan. Many of the epidemics are caused by bacterial infections, that benefit from bad sanitation facilities. The only non African country among the Top 10 is India, where the epidemics are mostly Japanese Encephalitis and Cholera.


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Technical Notes

This map shows the proportion of  epidemics between 2001 and 2017, that happened there.

Data sources
This map uses data by  EM-DAT: The Emergency Events Database (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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