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according to harrison has transmission in 103 countries affecting more than 1 billion people and causing between 1 to 3 million deaths each year....then also not considered pandemic ....why?


Mike K said...

"A pandemic is basically a global epidemic -- an epidemic that spreads to more than one continent," says Dan Epstein, a spokesman for the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization.
That is the best way to put it I feel. If you refer to the United States of America's Center for Disease Control (CDC) they go further and say:
"Malaria transmission has been eliminated in many countries of the world, including the United States and countries of western Europe. However, cases of malaria still occur in these countries, mostly in returning travelers or immigrants ("imported malaria"). All patients must be diagnosed and treated promptly for their own benefit but also to prevent the reintroduction of malaria."
So really Malaria has mostly been eradicated in many parts of the world, however, where it has not been eradicated (like somewhere in Africa) some countries in places like that have "Epidemics" of Malaria and those figures that you use in your question occur all together if you know what I mean... Hope that made sense if you have any questions about my response feel free to e-mail me!

scoutma5 said...

I don't know, unless it's because malaria is not transmissible person to person but via mosquito. You can't catch malaria from another person.

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