The recent Ebola outbreak which has spread a great deal of panic in several countries and had claimed over 1200 lives is not the first pandemic affecting the human race. Before this there have been other outbreaks too. We take a look at a few deadly ones which gravely affected or still affect us. Plague Perhaps one of the worst epidemic in the history of mankind the bubonic plague also referred as the 'black death' swiped away over 60 per cent of Europe's population from 1346-53. Transmitted from rats to humans it killed people within 21 days of getting infected.