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A pandemic is global and is infectous, epidemic is based more in a certain population (i.e. Bubonic plague was pandemic, while Depression is an epidemic)
According to the World Health Organization, a pandemic can start when three conditions have been met:
* the emergence of a disease new to the population
* the agent infects humans, causing serious illness
* the agent spreads easily and sustainably among humans
A disease or condition is not a pandemic merely because it is widespread or kills a large number of people; it must also be infectious. For example cancer is responsible for a large number of deaths but is not considered a pandemic because the disease is not infectious.


Isabel said...

pan=world wide

coolbean said...

epidemic is locally and pandemic is world wide.

nemraC said...


<3 said...

pandemic sounds scarier so the media likes it.

Centurio said...

an epidemic is a rapidly spreading and extensive infection and affects many individuals in an area or a population at the same time. a pandemic is a Widespread of a disease at general.

foxy said...

"Epidemics and pandemics refer to the spread of infectious diseases among a population. The difference between an epidemic and a pandemic is two-fold. First a pandemic is normally used to indicate a far higher number of people affected than an epidemic, and a pandemic refers to a much larger region affected. In the most extreme case, the global population is affected by a pandemic.
An epidemic is defined by an illness or health-related issue that is showing up in more cases than would be normally expected. However, in the case of a pandemic, even more of the population is affected than in an epidemic."

justaski said...

An epidemic is a rapidly spreading conditon that affects a large group or population.
A Pandemic is an epidemic spread over several geographic areas.

sammy198 said...

Epidemic--disease that affeccts a large area or community.
Pandemic--disease that affects the the entire world.

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