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What is an epidemic?

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An epidemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people. For example, in 2003, the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic took the lives of nearly 800 people worldwide.

From: Pandemics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Disease Outbreaks.”

World Health Organization: “Ten things you need to know about pandemic influenza.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Planning & Response - Swine Flu.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Individuals and Families Planning.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 2, 2020

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Disease Outbreaks.”

World Health Organization: “Ten things you need to know about pandemic influenza.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Planning & Response - Swine Flu.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation.”

PandemicFlu.gov: “Individuals and Families Planning.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 2, 2020

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