But the majority of loss of life can be attributed to famine and disease – horrific conditions meant fevers, parasites and infections were rife on the frontline and ripped through the troops in the trenches.
Among the diseases and viruses that were most prevalent were influenza, typhoid, trench foot and trench fever.
How many diseases were there in ww1?
There were 82,000 cases recorded in the AEF, with only 43 deaths, but with 1 million days lost to illness. There were 8200 cases of measles, with 86 deaths. Diphtheria struck 4700 soldiers, with 62 deaths. Meningococcal meningitis is particularly deadly.
How many soldiers died of disease in ww1?
War deaths before WW1The average annual strength of the army during the war was 210,000, of whom 5774 were killed in action, 2018 died of wounds and 13,250 died of disease, of which 8227 were killed by typhoid fever .
What was the disease after ww1?
The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history.
What was the most common cause of death in ww1?
Most of the casualties during WWI are due to war related famine and disease. Civilian deaths due to the Spanish flu have been excluded from these figures, whenever possible. Moreover, civilian deaths include the Armenian Genocide.