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An epidemic is a disease that affects many people at the same time, such as the flu. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's official definition of epidemic is: 'The occurrence of more cases of disease than expected in a given area or among a specific group of people over a particular period of time'. A pandemic is a very extensive epidemic, like a plague, that is prevalent in a country, continent, or the world. There is also the word endemic, which is a disease native to a people or region, which is regularly or constantly found among a people or specific region. The term outbreak describes the sudden rise in the incidence of a disease, especially a harmful one. An outbreak is characterized by a disease's bypassing of measures to control it. Often, the difference between these terms is determined by the percentage of deaths caused by the disease

15 comments:

Tim C said...

Pandemic (adj )
1. medicine.
Describing a widespread epidemic of a disease, one that affects a whole country, continent, etc.
Epidemic (noun)
1. A sudden outbreak of infectious disease which spreads rapidly and affects a large number of people, animals or plants in a particular area for a limited period of time.
2. A sudden and extensive spread of anything undesirable.
Thesaurus: plague, rash, spread, wave, outbreak, upsurge, growth.
Epidemic (adj)
1. Referring to or like an epidemic, sometimes also used to describe a non-infectious condition such as malnutrition.

Ethan said...

an epidemic is an outbreak of disease in a focalized population
a pandemic is a disease that sweeps the globe, like the Black Death in the Middle ages or the Spanish Flu in 1918.

trinity7 said...

epidemic = Big Trouble
and a pandemic = REALLY BIG TROUBLE! 8-(

TommyTro said...

An epidemic is an unusually high incidence of a disease in a specified region. A pandemic is an epidemic that has reached global proportions, like the AIDS crisis.

Anonymous said...

no difference, the media just thought it sounded more scarey

crispy said...

epidemy happens within local people;a town,country,... .but in a pandemic disease,all the people of the world are involved.

sareh r said...

epidemic - a rapid spread of disease on an area,
pandemic - spread of disease on a global scale

harry said...

epidemic- nation problem
pandemic- global problem

supraman said...

A pandemic (from Greek pan all + demos people) is an epidemic (an outbreak of an infectious disease) that spreads worldwide, or at least across a large region.

Stumpy said...

They're spelled differently...^_^

Miss Fayeness said...

Epidemic: when for example the flu is spread from city to city . Pandemic: when a disease for example is pread nation wide.

LANEY said...

The difference is the area of the world affected.
An epidemic is typically tied to large geographical region but definitely smaller than a pandemic in which a disease has spread to multiple countries world-wide.

slynx000 said...

Pandemic is worldwide spread of a disease like AIDS, epidemic is limited to a region or country.

beauty b said...

An epidemic is localised. A pandemic is worldwide.

los said...

Epidemic is national
Pandemic is international

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