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Thu, 8 Jul 2010 00:41:48

Epidemic This word I declare worthless, the use of this word is rampant, according the press, NGO, United Nations everything is an Epidemic. I see any writer using this word as title, copy or headlines as suspected of being also worthless. An epidemic requires complete cooperation of the people, government and all involved, it demands immediate and decisive attention. Normally an epidemic is treated by quarantine or isolation. Example: AIDS: If an epidemic, the would would test all people and isolate the problem and quarantine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_epidemics Epidemic
- In epidemiology, an epidemic (from Greek epi- upon + demos people) is a classification of a disease that appears as new cases in a given human population, during a given period, at a rate that substantially exceeds what is "expected," based on recent experience (the number of new cases in the population during a specified period of time is called the "incidence rate"). (An epizootic is the same thing but for an animal population.) Defining an epidemic can be subjective, depending in part on what is "expected". An epidemic may be restricted to one locale (an outbreak), more general (an "epidemic") or even global (pandemic). Because it is based on what is "expected" or thought normal, a few cases of a very rare disease like rabies may be classified as an "epidemic," while many cases of a common disease (like the common cold) would not. Common diseases that occur at a constant but relatively high rate in the population are said to be "endemic." An example of an endemic disease is malaria in some parts of Africa (for example, Liberia) in which a large portion of the population is expected to get malaria at some point in their lifetimes. Famous examples of epidemics include the bubonic plague epidemic of Medieval Europe known as the Black Death, and the Great Influenza Pandemic concurring with the end of World War I.-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemic Epidemic

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