Epidemics and pandemics have the potential to kill millions of people – and they actually have. Long ago, deadly outbreaks known as the "Black Death", the "Plague of Justinian", and the "Spanish flu" ravaged countries, empires, and whole continents. Some of these diseases are still present around the globe. Others have become a thing of the past.

Discover how these ancient and not-so-distant outbreaks from past centuries differ from the modern-day SARS, MERS, and coronavirus pandemics. Listen to our new series "Outbreak: The Deadliest Epidemics in Human History" this week on Radio Sputnik.

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