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Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(8): 578-581.
doi: 10.34172/aim.2020.66
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History of Contemporary Medicine in Iran

Fatal Infectious Epidemics in Iran in the Last Two Centuries; What Lessons Can We Learn from Preceding Outbreaks? A Brief Historical Review

Mohammad Hossein Azizi 1 * , Farzaneh Azizi 2

1 Academy of Medical Sciences of the I.R. of Iran, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Radiology, Iranian Veterinary Hospital, Tehran, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Mohammad-Hossein Azizi, MD; Academy of Medical Sciences of the I.R. of Iran, Tehran, Iran. Tel: +98-212-293-98- 69, E-mail: azizi@ ams.ac.ir

Abstract

In the past two centuries, several fatal infectious outbreaks have arisen in Iran. Presented here is a brief historical account of four fatal epidemics including cholera, plague, Spanish influenza of 1918 and smallpox between1796 and 1979. The lessons from these outbreaks could be helpful for better combatting other deadly epidemics including the present-day disastrous COVID-19 pandemic.
Keywords: Cholera, Iran, Plague, Smallpox, Spanish influenza of 1918
Cite this article as: Azizi MH, Azizi F. Fatal infectious epidemics in Iran in the last two centuries; what lessons can we learn from preceding outbreaks? A brief historical review. Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(8):578–581. doi: 10.34172/aim.2020.66.
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Submitted: 01 Jun 2020
Accepted: 02 Jul 2020
ePublished: 01 Aug 2020
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