It depends on what era you are talking about… in the past, absolutely yes… but in modern warfare—(which is by no means cool or better because of this)— it is not very likely that widespead disease would be caused as a result.
I disagree. There are many cases of widespread disease being caused by war in modern times. Conflict often displaces large numbers of people who end up in crowded refugee camps where sanitation is bad or nonexistent. With the collapse of infrastructure, access to medical care becomes difficult. Hospitals are often bombed. Malnutrition is a huge problem, especially in children.
Within the last three years, outbreaks of cholera have been reported in conflict-ridden places like Iraq and The Democratic Republic of Congo. In war-torn southern Sudan, there have been outbreaks of meningitis, measles, cholera, and malaria. The sexual violence that invariably accompanies war contributes to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
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