pestilence

as in plague
a widespread disease resulting in a high rate of death the fear that terrorists could unleash a pestilence that would wreak unspeakable havoc

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“Pestilence.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pestilence. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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