Top 5 Health Issues To Watch Out For in 2019

Updated at: Jan 01, 2019
Top 5 Health Issues To Watch Out For in 2019

There are some threats that might follow you in the year 2019 so it is better that you try your best to be prepared and prevent these diseases prior to it becoming an epidemic. 

Arushi Bidhuri
MiscellaneousWritten by: Arushi BidhuriPublished at: Jan 01, 2019

From diphtheria to leptospirosis to dengue, 2018 was full of health emergencies caused by natural disasters, unhealthy lifestyle and disease outbreaks. The coming year could be more fatal if we don’t prevent and prepare in time. Many of the diseases are man-made, which could be avoided if action is taken on time. There are some threats that might follow you in the year 2019 so it is better that you try your best to be prepared and prevent these diseases prior to them becoming an epidemic. 


Each year, WHO estimates more than 200 million cases of malaria globally, with over 4, 00,000 deaths worldwide. Malaria is an infectious disease caused by the Plasmodium parasites, carried by Anopheles mosquitoes. The mosquito gets infected with this parasite by biting another infected person. It is mainly caused by mosquito bites, but some other sources include blood transfusion or organ transplants.

Also read: Why Does Malaria Cause Jaundice


Diphtheria was quite an epidemic in the last quarter of 2018, but it can affect children any time. Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that affects the mucous membranes of the throat and nose. It is a communicable disease and can spread from hum to human rapidly. Contaminated objects could also be another reason. After you have been infected by these infections, the bacteria release dangerous substances called toxins, which is spread through the bloodstream. 


Dengue is a viral infection caused by the dengue virus transmitted by a mosquito bite. It is transmitted by a female mosquito called Aedes aegypti – also responsible to transmit chikungunya, zika virus and yellow fever. According to WHO, over 300 million people get dengue infections each year. 

The most common areas affected with this disease are South-eastern regions of Asia and western Pacific islands. The only way you can prevent the spread of this disease is by maintaining sanitary conditions, hygiene, avoiding stagnant water and using mosquito repellents. 

Also read: 5 Complications of dengue fever 

Food Poisoning 

Around 600 million people fall ill each year after eating contaminated food. It is quite common and can vary from a mild to severe to fatal. Symptoms of food poisoning such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal, cramping and diarrhoea may appear after a few hours of having contaminated food.  Other factors including the type of contaminant, the amount eaten, your age and other health conditions are also taken into consideration. 

Zika Virus 

Also read: What are the Symptoms of Fever?

Last year, this disease became quite an epidemic affecting thousands of people worldwide and hundreds in India. Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease spread through the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. If a pregnant woman gets affected by the virus, it can even affect the unborn baby – they might get born with brain damage. Another reduction or removal of mosquito breeding sites is a major step to stop the disease from spreading. 

Read more articles on Health Diseases. 

For more related articles, download OnlymyHealth app.


All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK