1. Under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, it is against the law for a taxi driver to take a passenger who is suffering from the plague.
2. People with smallpox, typhus and cholera are also forbidden to be taxi passengers.
3. Apart from humans, the animal most likely to suffer from leprosy is the armadillo.
4. King Philip the Fair of France (1268-1314) made skin diseases a punishable offence. He thought lepers should be buried alive.
5. Poor hygiene, bad sanitation and a lack of safe drinking water fills half the world’s hospital beds.
6. Around 3,000 people a day die of malaria, of whom three out of four are children.
7. A disease known as ‘Sweating Sickness’ killed large numbers in England between 1485 and 1551. Nobody knows what caused it.
8. The longest word in the Oxford Dictionary is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, which is a 45-letter lung disease.
9. SDLqPlayStation palmar hidradentitisSDRq is a skin disease caused by gripping the console too tight.
10. SDLqFoot-and-mouth diseaseSDRq is an anagram of SDLqMoo of death is sad tune”.