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Pestilence is a word that is used for any highly infectious disease that can cause an epidemic or even a pandemic. It is commonly used for parasites too, but only when they cause large scale sickness or death, such as the Guinea worm.
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- Article in International Herald Tribune 22 March 2006, describing Guinea worm as a pestilence (Linked 23 April 2006)